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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ActivityMon

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ActivityMon
Technical name:Application/ActivityMon
Threat level:Medium
Alias:not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.ActivityMonitor,
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It logs the keystrokes typed by the user, monitors several events such as the content of the clipboard or the accesed websites, and carries out some remote control commands, among other actions. It can be voluntarily downloaded from a certain web page.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95/3.X

First detected on:Dec. 10, 2005
Detection updated on:March 8, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ActivityMon belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs. It logs the keystrokes typed by the user, it monitors several events such as the content of the clipboard, or the accessed websites. It can also carry out several remote control commands; for example shut down and restart the computer, or log off user's session.

Additionally, it is configured to be run in stealth mode in order not to be visible in the System Tray.

ActivityMon can be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

ActivityMon is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.