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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

AKeyLogger

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AKeyLogger
Technical name:Application/AKeyLogger
Threat level:Low
Alias:Monitor.Win32.ActiveKeyLogger.26
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:May 12, 2006
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

AKeyLogger 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.

AKeyLogger 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 the System Tray.

 

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

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

However, if AKeyLogger is run in visible mode, the following fish-shaped icon appears in the System Tray: