x
48h OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
SPECIAL OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
HALLOWEEN OFFER
take advantage of our
terrific discounts
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
CHRISTMAS OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 40% OFF
x
SPECIAL OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
BLACKFRIDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
x
CYBERMONDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
(Only for homeusers)
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
Active Scan. Scan your PC free
Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

KeySpy

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:KeySpy
Technical name:Application/KeySpy
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

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

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:July 6, 2005
Detection updated on:Feb. 12, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

KeySpy 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.

KeySpy 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 to run in stealth mode so that the user is unaware of its presence.

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

KeySpy 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, an icon appears in the System Tray. If the user clicks on the icon, a menu is displayed:

When the user clicks on the option View log..., the following window is opened, displaying the keystrokes typed by the user: