XoloX file sharing application is installed.
XoloX is a peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the Gnutella protocol.
File sharing programs are a security risk for the following reasons:
- File sharing programs are often configured to share entire hard drives, which
means that sensitive data (including passwords, email, and confidential documents)
can be leaked to the outside world.
- File sharing programs are often used to download additional software that
may pose its own security risks (due to viruses and trojan horses). Many file
sharing applications install additional "promotional" 3rd-party software that
monitors users' actions (so-called "spyware").
- File sharing programs are often used to share or obtain copyrighted material.
This can expose you to legal action.
- There have widespread incidents involving file sharing programs rigged with
trojan horses which allow any remote user complete control of the infected computer.
XoloX is particularly dangerous because it searches the entire hard drive for files
to share. XoloX can also be configured to use a web proxy. The username and password
for the web proxy are stored in cleartext in the registry (for anyone to read).
In addition to these security risks, peer-to-peer programs can use an inordinate
amount of bandwith, degrading network services.