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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyKeylogger

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyKeylogger
Technical name:Application/SpyKeylogger
Threat level:Low
Alias:Trojan-Spy.Win32.KeyLogger.do
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a legitimate tool that goes memory resident and logs the keystrokes typed by the user in a text file.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 8, 2005
Detection updated on:April 14, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyKeylogger is a hacking tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.

SpyKeylogger is a shareware program that goes memory resident and logs the keystrokes typed by the user in a text file. It can be used to gather passwords or other sensitive information, thus posing a threat to users' privacy.

It can be configured not to appear on the Add/Remove programs list, run in stealth mode so that the user is unaware of its presence, or even to be automatically run whenever the computer is started.

SpyKeylogger does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, if it is run in Visible mode, the icon of an eye appears in the System Tray: