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Keyintercepto

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

It is a legitimate tool that logs the keystrokes typed by the user. It can be launched in stealth mode or even be automatically run whenever Windows is started.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 30, 2005
Detection updated on:Sept. 30, 2005
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Keyintercepto 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.

Keyintercepto goes memory resident and logs the keystrokes typed by the user. This can be used to capture passwords or other kind of sensitive information, thus posing a threat to the user's confidentiality.

The information it harvests is encrypted in a text file, and it can only be decrypted using the interface of Keyintercepto.

It is totally configurable, and its entry in the Add/Remove programs list of the Control Panel can be deleted, it can be launched in stealth mode or even be automatically run whenever Windows is started.

 

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, a new group is added to the Programs option of the Start menu when it is installed: