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|Type:||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
|Effects: ||It is a legal tool that allows to shut down or restart the computer.|
|First detected on:||Nov. 27, 2003|
|Detection updated on:||April 6, 2010|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Psshutdown.A is a hacking tool. Though these programs are legal and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.
Psshutdown.A is a program that allows to shut down or restart the computer. It is very similar to the Unix command shutdown.
Psshutdown.A is not a risk if the user runs it consciously, but it is also used by several worms and Trojans with malicious intentions. Restarting the computer would turn into losing the unsaved information.
Psshutdown.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.