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|Type:||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
It is a legitimate tool that allows advertising messages to be sent to computers connected to the Internet.
|First detected on:||July 25, 2005|
|Detection updated on:||July 26, 2005|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
Ip-Harvester 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.
Ip-Harvester sends advertising messages to computers connected to the Internet. Such messages will appear as pop-ups on top of the open windows and they can contain up to 773 characters.
Additionally, as the source IP address is never displayed, these messages remain anonymous and untraceable.
This application is based on Messenger Service which is a built in feature on Windows XP and 2000.
Ip-Harvester does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.>
Ip-Harvester is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.