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WindowsKeylog

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:WindowsKeylog
Technical name:Application/WindowsKeylogger
Threat level:Low
Alias:Windows Keylogger
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:   It is a Potentially Unwanted Program, which can affect the users' consent, awarenes or control over the program. It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy. It causes the loss of information stored on the computer, either specific files or data in general. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:July 26, 2006
Detection updated on:July 26, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

WindowsKeylog belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.

PUPs are programs that, due to their features or means of distribution, can affect users' consent, awareness or control over operations like:

  • Installation.
  • Modifications carried out on the computer.
  • Behavior of the program.
  • Processing of personal data.
  • Uninstallation.

The evaluation criteria of PUPs are based on the proposals suggested by the Anti-Spyware Coalition, organization of which Panda Security is a member.

 

WindowsKeylog prevents access from programs to websites of several companies related with security tools (antivirus programs, firewalls, etc.).

WindowsKeylog redirects attempts to access web pages of certain banks to spoofed pages, with the aim of logging information entered by the user in these pages.

WindowsKeylog redirects attempts to access several web pages to a specific IP address.

 

WindowsKeylog does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.