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Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Ppa

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ppa
Technical name:Application/Ppa
Threat level:Low
Alias:Pwsex
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It allows passwords to be obtained locally or remotely from the local computer, Active Directory, SQL Server accounts and ASP. It can be installed voluntarily or without user´s consent.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98

First detected on:Nov. 10, 2005
Detection updated on:Oct. 9, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Ppa is a hacking tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

Ppa allows passwords to be obtained locally or remotely from different locations, such as the local computer, Active Directory, SQL Server accounts and ASP (Active Server Pages).

 

Ppa does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Ppa is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as the following key-shaped icon appears in the System Tray: