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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ActiKeyLogger

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ActiKeyLogger
Technical name:Application/ActiKeyLogger
Threat level:Low
Alias:Monitor.Win32.ActiveKeyLogger.16
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It is a legitimate tool that logs the keystrokes typed by the user in a file that can be sent via email. It can be undetectable at a glance after its installation.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 18, 2005
Detection updated on:March 12, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

ActiKeyLogger 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.

ActiKeyLogger logs the keystrokes typed by the user, which can be used to capture passwords or other kind of sensitive information. This would pose a threat to the user's confidentiality.

Then, the captured information can be sent via email.

Aditionally, it can be run in stealth mode, in order not to be visible in System Tray.

 

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, if ActiKeyLogger is run in visible mode, the following icon with the shape of 'A' key appears in the System Tray: