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Generic PWS is a keylogger trojan, designed to steal passwords and hack users. Specific indications may vary between different password stealing trojan, but typically the trojan will hook system startup via a Registry key, or a modification to WIN.INI or SYSTEM.INI.

Methods of Infection

The trojan may be received from any of many sources. For example via email, IRC, P2P file-sharing network, newsgroup or download.