Spyware.Spector

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:33:35 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.2
Publisher: SpectorSoft
Risk Impact: High
File Names: A combination of 2 of the following words with an extension of exe or dll: xml wsock wow wiz
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.Spector functions in a manner that is similar to a Backdoor Trojan Horse. When it is installed, it logs all the activity on the system. The person who installed it can then watch all the logged activity.

Note: Virus definitions dated 14 June, 2006 or earlier may detect this threat as Remacc.Spector.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.Spector.

Transmission


This program must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 21, 2018 revision 037
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 08, 2002
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 22, 2018 revision 007
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 12, 2002

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:33:35 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.2
Publisher: SpectorSoft
Risk Impact: High
File Names: A combination of 2 of the following words with an extension of exe or dll: xml wsock wow wiz
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.Spector is a computer surveillance utility that can run completely stealth, which means that you will not see any indication that Spyware.Spector is running.

Spyware.Spector will record all the activity on the system.

When Spyware.Spector is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. May create the following registry entries:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{[RANDOM CLSID]}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{[RANDOM CLSID]}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{[RANDOM CLSID]}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\[RANDOM NAME]
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{[RANDOM CLSID]}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad\[RANDOM NAME]: "{[RANDOM CLSID]}"

  2. May create the following files:

    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].exe
    • %System%\[RANDOM NAME].dll

      Notes:
    • %System% is a variable that refers to the System folder. By default this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).
    • Note that the CLSIDs are random, and [RANDOM NAME]is a combination of 2 of the words from the list above.

  3. May create the following folder: %System%\netutil

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:33:35 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.2
Publisher: SpectorSoft
Risk Impact: High
File Names: A combination of 2 of the following words with an extension of exe or dll: xml wsock wow wiz
Systems Affected: Windows



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete any values added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.


2. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support security risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports security risk detection, and security risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the risk so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer. Restart the computer in Normal mode.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the risk that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

        If Windows reports that it cannot delete the file, this indicates that the file is in use. In this situation, complete the rest of the instructions on this page, restart the computer in Safe mode, and then delete the file using Windows Explorer. Restart the computer in Normal mode.
Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [File path]
Message body: Windows cannot find [file name]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

3. To delete the value from the registry
Important: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  3. Navigate to the subkeys:


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects

  4. In the right pane, delete the values which are composed from 2 of the following words concatenated, and point to a detectable file

    xml
    wsock
    wow
    wiz
    win
    web
    w32
    vid
    vga
    vba
    v32
    util
    usb
    url
    uni
    term
    tcp
    tab
    sys
    svr
    sub
    style
    stats
    stat
    sql
    sock
    snd
    set
    server
    rtf
    reg
    ras
    prog
    prof
    pop
    pnp
    perf
    ole
    odbc
    nic
    mon
    mod
    midi
    mic
    mfc
    mapi
    map
    man
    mac
    log
    lock
    link
    lib
    netb
    net
    lan
    key
    kbd
    ipx
    inet
    https
    http
    html
    htm
    host
    hex
    get
    ftp
    fax
    fat
    eng
    dos
    doc
    dll
    disk
    dhcp
    dev
    desk
    dde
    del
    dat
    ctrl
    ctl
    crypt
    conf
    comp
    com
    cmd
    chk
    cfg
    cer
    cat
    cam
    cal
    cab
    bot
    boot
    bios
    bio
    bin
    aut
    app
    act

  5. Exit the Registry Editor.