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    Cmdow.exe, is it a virus

    Cmdow.exe is it a virus? I have a new PC, and out of curiosity, I have analyzed the hard drive with Norton Antivirus. It found a virus in C: \ Windows \ System32 \ cmdow.exe. Can I remove altogether, cmdow.exe from the disk drive?

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    Re: Cmdow.exe, is it a virus

    The file cmdow.exe is not a virus, but a Windows that lets you change the position, size, and even hide a console window (tool that allows you to type command lines for programmers). But you're right, more recently, some antivirus software detects this as a virus, because it is capable of acting on the windows of Windows. You can keep this file in peace.
    However, beware of any other file does not have exactly the same name, for example Cmdow which is good, for its part, a tool for piracy. It is not very dangerous but it can still rename or prevent windows from appearing, which is more than annoying.

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    Re: Cmdow.exe, is it a virus

    It (CMDOW.exe) isn't a virus; its purpose is to (as Symantec claims) hide the window of your choice.

    Used in such context as CMDOW @ /HID, this command is popular among users making unattended installations of Windows-- that DON'T want to show the end user some ugly DOS box that could be closed with the click of "X".

    But fear none-- you're not being hacked. CMDOW.exe is your friend (just not Norton's).
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    Re: Cmdow.exe, is it a virus

    Cmdow is a Win32 commandline utility for NT4/2000/XP/2003 that allows windows to be listed, moved, resized, renamed, hidden/unhidden, disabled/enabled, minimized, maximized, restored, activated/inactivated, closed, killed and more.

    Cmdow is 31kb standalone executable. It does not create any temporary files, nor does it write to the registry. There is no installation procedure, just run it. To completely remove all traces of it from your system, delete it.

    Cmdow was written with batch file programmers in mind. Particular attention has been paid to Cmdows output making it easy to process with the 'FOR /F' command found in NT4/2000/XP/2003.

    More information here

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