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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyMon

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

It allows other computers to be remotely controlled. For example, it can log the keystrokes, view the processes that are being run, etc. It can be voluntarily downloaded from a certain website.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 23, 2005
Detection updated on:Sept. 6, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

SpyMon belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs. It allows other computers to be remotely controlled. Following a client-server architecture, the computer where it is installed acts as client, while the computers that are controlled act as servers.

When SpyMon is installed, it allows the following actions to be carried out on the computers that are under control:

  • Log the keystrokes typed by the user.
  • View the processes that are being run.
  • Capture screenshots.
  • Obtain information about the characteristics of the computer.
  • Run several commands by means of a DOS emulator window.

SpyMon can be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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