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Keyspy.B

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

It is a legitimate tool that can be used to monitor the affected computer: log the keystrokes typed by the user, prevent the user from running certain programs, run or end programs, etc.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 14, 2005
Detection updated on:Sept. 14, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Keyspy.B 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.B is a program that can be used to monitor the computer where it is installed:

  • Log the keystrokes typed by the user, saving them in a file that is later sent via email.
  • Run or end any program.
  • Prevent the affected user from running certain programs.
  • Monitor the accessed web pages.

Additionally, it can be configured to run in stealth mode and can be remotely installed.

Keyspy.B does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions: gather passwords, download files of any nature (even malware) from the Internet and run them, end security tools, control the access to web pages belonging to banking entities, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, a process called setup.exe can be found in the Task Manager while it is running.