making a stealthy win32 console application?

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    making a stealthy win32 console application?

    is there a way to make a win32 console application (the one with the dos wondow) run "silently", so you cant tell that it is running? or do i have to use a win32 application or something else?
    anyhelp is very appreciated

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    I dont see how you can make a console app run "silently" since a console app requires a console.

    If you want to write a simple app that cant be seen, just use the WinMain() entry point instead of main().

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    An example:

    Code:
    #include <windows.h>
    
    int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, 
        LPSTR lpCmdLine, int nCmdShow)
    {
        // No console shown
        return 0;
    }

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    Also note that you can still tell this type of app is running, because it shows up in the task manager. If you want the app to run in a way where you cant tell it's running at all (not even in task manager) then that is quite a bit harder to do. I also hesitate on showing people how to do this, because there aren't that many legitamate reason for writing this type of application (mostly just viruses/trojans).

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