Spyware.AceSpy

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:37:59 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.02.0018
Publisher: Retina-X Studios
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Acespy32.exe,Systune.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.AceSpy logs and sends keystrokes and screenshots to an email or FTP server, which the person who installed it specifies.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.AceSpy.

Transmission


This program must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version February 01, 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 20, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 26, 2015 revision 023
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 21, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:37:59 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.02.0018
Publisher: Retina-X Studios
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Acespy32.exe,Systune.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.AceSpy can do the following:

    • Log keystrokes.
    • Log the names of open programs.
    • Take periodic screenshots.
    • Set a list of key words to monitor.
    • Send alerts by email whenever a program or Web page that contains a key word is opened.
    • Automatically close programs or Web pages that contain key words.
    • Send the logged information to a specified email address or FTP server.
    • Allow the person who installed it to access the interface by pressing Ctrl+TRL+Alt+Shift+M, and then entering a password. The default password is 123456.

When Spyware.AceSpy runs, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates these folders:
    • %System%\Acespy
    • %System%\Acespy\Manual. This folder contains the help/readme manual.

      Note:
      %System% is a variable. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

  2. Creates the following files:
    • %System%\acespy\__acelog.ndx: A log file that is not malicious and will therefore not be detected.
    • %System%\acespy\ANSMTP.dll: A valid ActiveX mail server.
    • %System%\acespy\Asycfilt.dll: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Comcat.dll: A valid Windows dll.
    • %System%\acespy\Comdlg32.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\ijl11.dll: A valid JPEG conversion dll.
    • %System%\acespy\KTKbdHk.dll: A valid keyboard hooking dll.
    • %System%\acespy\Makecab.exe: A valid archive application.
    • %System%\acespy\Mscomct2.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Mscomctl.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Msinet.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Msmapi32.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Mswinsck.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Riched32.dll: A valid Windows dll.
    • %System%\acespy\Richtx32.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Shlwapi.dll: A valid Windows dll.
    • %System%\acespy\Sysinfo.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\systune.exe: The spyware component.
    • %System%\acespy\Tabctl32.ocx: A valid ActiveX component.
    • %System%\acespy\Wininet.dll: A valid Windows dll.
    • %System%\acespy\keylog<current_date>.log: A key log file. This is not malicious, and therefore, will not be detected.
    • %System%\acespy\file<current_date_and_time>.jpg: A screenshot. This is not malicious, and therefore, will not be detected.
    • %System%\ace16win.dll: A log file that is not malicious, and therefore, will not be detected.

  3. Adds the value:

    "regsvc"="%System%\acespy\systune"

    to the registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the spyware runs when you start Windows.

  4. Adds the value:

    "systune"="%System%\acespy\systune.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the spyware runs when you start Windows.

  5. Adds the following values to the registry:
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\InprocServer32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\ToolboxBitmap32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX, 1000"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\1.1\0\win32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\InprocServer32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\ToolboxBitmap32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX, 5"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\1.1\0\win32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{48E59293-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}\ToolboxBitmap32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\MSINIET.OCX, 1"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\InprocServer32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\1.2\ToolboxBitmap32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX, 1"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\1.2\0\win32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{78E5A540-1850-11CF-9D53-00AA003C9CB6}\InprocServer32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{AFC634B0-4B8B-11CF-8989-00AA00688B10}\InprocServer32\(Default) = "%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings\systune\Options\Counter = "1"


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:37:59 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.02.0018
Publisher: Retina-X Studios
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Acespy32.exe,Systune.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete the values that were 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 as Spyware.AceSpy 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 threat 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 threat 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 threat for this scan only, and thus, the threat 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.

    • 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 threat 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.

  3. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to %System%\Acespy. Delete all the folder and its contents.

    Note: %System% is a variable. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).


3. To delete the subkeys and values 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 keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    In the right pane, delete the values:

    "regsvc"="%System%\acespy\systune"
    "systune"="%System%\acespy\systune.exe"

  4. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    regsvc

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\InprocServer32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX"

  6. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\ToolboxBitmap32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX, 1000"

  7. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{20C62CAB-15DA-101B-B9A8-444553540000}\1.1\0\win32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\MSMAPI32.OCX"

  8. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\InprocServer32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX"

  9. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\ToolboxBitmap32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX, 5"

  10. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{6FBA474B-43AC-11CE-9A0E-00AA0062BB4C}\1.1\0\win32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\SYSINFO.OCX"

  11. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{48E59293-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}\ToolboxBitmap32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\MSINIET.OCX, 1"

  12. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\InprocServer32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"

  13. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\1.2\ToolboxBitmap32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX, 1"

  14. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}\1.2\0\win32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"

  15. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{78E5A540-1850-11CF-9D53-00AA003C9CB6}\InprocServer32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"

  16. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{AFC634B0-4B8B-11CF-8989-00AA00688B10}\InprocServer32

    In the right pane, delete the value:

    "(Default)"="%System%\acespy\RICHTX32.OCX"

  17. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\VB and VBA Program Settings

    In the left pane, delete the subkey:

    systune