Spyware.Ardakey

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Updated: October 30, 2007 2:49:46 PM
Type: Spyware
Risk Impact: High
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior

Spyware.Ardakey is a spyware program that records keystrokes.

Note: Virus definitions dated October 30, 2007 or earlier may detect this risk as Spyware.Ardakey.B.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version July 14, 2018 revision 024
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 15, 2018 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date February 05, 2004

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

Updated: October 30, 2007 2:49:46 PM
Type: Spyware
Risk Impact: High
Systems Affected: Windows

When the program is executed, it creates the following files:

  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ardamax Keylogger\Help.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ardamax Keylogger\Ardamax Keylogger.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ardamax Keylogger\Log Viewer.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\AKV.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\license.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\menu.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.002
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.003
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.004
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.005
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.006
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.007
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\qs.html
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\tray.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\Uninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\AKL.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\kh.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\il.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\AKV.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\Uninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\license.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\qs.html
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\tray.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\menu.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\AKL.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\akl.001
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\akl.002
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\akv.ini


It creates the following files, if the Lite version is installed:
  • %UserProfile%\Programs\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\Ardamax Keylogger Lite.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\Help.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\AKL.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\akl.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\kh.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\license_lite.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\Settings.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger Lite\Uninstall.exe


The program creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\akl.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ardamax Keylogger


It creates the following subkeys, if the Lite version is installed:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Ardamax Keylogger Lite
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Ardamax Keylogger Lite


Next, it creates the following registry entries so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"NSK" = "%ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Ardamax Keylogger" = "%ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\akl.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\App Paths\"akl.exe" = "%CurrentFolder%\akl.exe"


If the Lite version is installed, it creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Ardamax KeyLogger" = "%ProgramFiles%\Ardamax Keylogger\Lite\akl.exe"

It prompts the user to install the following components:
  • Keylogger Engine
  • Log Viewer
  • Documentation


The program may perform the following functions:
  • Keystroke logging
  • Log transferring via email
  • Log transferring via FTP
  • Hiding and Unhiding its tray icon using the Ctrl+Alt+Del+H key combination


It stores the gathered information in one of the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\NSK\NSK.002
  • %CurrentFolder%\Akl.klf

Updated: October 30, 2007 2:49:46 PM
Type: Spyware
Risk Impact: High
Systems Affected: Windows

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