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Remote Access Trojan

grifd asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Assume the following: A hacker has tricked me into downloading a remote access trojan (RAT) onto my computer.

I am using a Wireless Network Router/Firewall and a McAfee software firewall and my pc is running Windows 98.


Does a typical RAT have the ability to view/preview files on my hard drive like it is another computer on the network?

Or does the Hacker need to establish some type of network connection to preview files saved on my hard drive?

For example, could a RAT program view/preview a picture file or run a video file from my hard drive without it showing up on my computer?
Or are RAT programs only able to view file names?

Thanks for the education in advance!

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