Spyware.SpyBuddy

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:08 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.1
Publisher: ExploreAnywhere Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: sb32mon.exe,win32sb.dll,sb32mon.dll,sysicept.dll,sbsysdll.dll
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.SpyBuddy is a commercial keylogger. Its main function is to log keystrokes and information on application use and Internet use on the compromised computer. The spyware can also capture screen shots.

In order to hide its presence on the compromised computer, Spyware.SpyBuddy can be run in stealth mode and may not install an uninstaller or shortcuts.

Note : Detections dated May 9th, 2005 or earlier may detect this some versions of this spyware as Spyware.SpyBuddy.B.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.SpyBuddy or Spyware.SpyBuddy.B.

Transmission


This program must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 29, 2017 revision 019
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 08, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 30, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 08, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:08 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.1
Publisher: ExploreAnywhere Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: sb32mon.exe,win32sb.dll,sb32mon.dll,sysicept.dll,sbsysdll.dll
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.SpyBuddy can perform the following actions:

  • Log all keystrokes.
  • List all running programs.
  • Log all instant messenger conversations.
  • Take periodic screenshots.
  • Email log files to a predetermined email address.
  • End the processes of anti-spyware programs.
  • Disable the option to bypass Windows startup programs by holding down the Shift key when you start the computer (Windows NT/2000/XP).
  • Disable the option to start in Safe mode (Windows 95/98/Me).
  • Disable access to the Task Manager (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP).


When the installation file for Spyware.SpyBuddy (spybuddy-setup-sw.exe) runs, it performs the following actions:
  1. Installs the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\sb32mon.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\readme.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\license.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\exitstealth.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\install-drivers.dll
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\help\*.html
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\help.htm
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\uninstall.log
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\Visit the Official SpyBuddy Website.url
    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\Purchase SpyBuddy Now!.url
    • %System%\pthreadVC.dll (A generic Visual C++ thread pool library)
    • %System%\drivers\npf.sys (A generic netgroup packet filter driver)
    • %Windir%\sysicept.dll (system hook, detected as Spyware.SpyBuddy)
    • %Windir%\sbsysdll.dll (system hook, detected as Spyware.SpyBuddy)
    • %Windir%\sbconfig.dat
    • %Windir%\winsscap.dll (Used to take screenshots, detected as Spyware.NetObserve)
    • %Windir%\unvise32.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\winsyscfg\cfg\*.dat (logfiles and screenshots)

      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).
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP)or C:\Winnt (Windows NT/2000).
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.

  2. Adds one or more of the following values:

    "System32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "CDLoader" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "Systemcheck" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "ScanSys32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "Trunk32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "WinSysCheck" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "RegUpdate" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "SysCheck32" = "sb32mon.exe"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the spyware runs when Windows starts.

  3. Creates the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ExploreAnywhere Software\SpyBuddy
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SpyBuddy 3.0 TRIAL

  4. Adds the value:

    "(Default)" = "%ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere\SpyBuddy\sb32mon.exe"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\[file name].exe

    Note: [file name] can refer to SystemCheck, ScanSys32, System32, Trunk32, WinSysCheck, CDLoader, RegUpdate, or SysCheck32.

  5. Adds the value:

    "[name]" = "[installation path]\[name].exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the Spyware runs every time Windows starts.

    Note: [name] can refer to SystemCheck, ScanSys32, System32, Trunk32, WinSysCheck, CDLoader, RegUpdate, or SysCheck32.

  6. May add the registry key

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSNMessenger

  7. May add the value:

    "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    to disable access to the Task Manager.

  8. In Windows NT/2000/XP only:

    May set the value to:

    "IgnoreShiftOveride" = "0x1"

    in the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    to disable the Windows startup bypass option that is accessed by pressing down the Shift key.

  9. Creates log files for keystrokes and screenshots under the [log files path] folder.


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:08 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.1
Publisher: ExploreAnywhere Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: sb32mon.exe,win32sb.dll,sb32mon.dll,sysicept.dll,sbsysdll.dll
Systems Affected: Windows



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall SpyBuddy 3.0 TRIAL using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. To delete the files if the uninstaller wasn't originally installed.
  5. To delete the registry values from the registry if the uninstaller wasn't originally installed.

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 uninstall the Adware
  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Windows 98 taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    • On the Windows Me taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
        If you do not see the Add/Remove Programs icon, click "...view all Control Panel options."
    • On the Windows 2000 taskbar:
      By default, Windows 2000 is set up the same as Windows 98, so follow the instructions for Windows 98. If otherwise, click Start, point to Settings > Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.
    • On the Windows XP taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Click SpyBuddy 3.0 TRIAL.

    Note:
    You may need to use the scroll bar to view the whole list.
  3. Click Add/Remove, Change/Remove, or Remove (this varies with the operating system). Follow the prompts.

3. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.

    Note: If you ran the Add/Remove programs applet as described in the previous section, all the files may have been removed, and thus none of them will be detected.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware 3.0 TRIAL 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.
    • 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.

4 . . To delete the files if the uninstaller wasn't originally installed
  1. Delete the following folders.

    • %ProgramFiles%\ExploreAnywhere
    • %UserProfile%\Application Data\winsyscfg

  2. Delete the following files:

    • %System%\pthreadVC.dll
    • %Windir%\sysicept.dll
    • %Windir%\sbsysdll.dll
    • %Windir%\winsscap.dll
    • %Windir%\sbconfig.dat

5. To delete the value from the registry if the uninstaller wasn't originally installed
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. For instructions refer to the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit
  3. 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.

  4. Navigate to and delete the subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ExploreAnywhere Software\SpyBuddy
  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  6. In the right pane, delete these values if they exist:

    "System32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "CDLoader" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "Systemcheck" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "ScanSys32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "Trunk32" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "WinSysCheck" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "RegUpdate" = "sb32mon.exe"
    "SysCheck32" = "sb32mon.exe"

  7. Navigate to the subkey:

    HKEY_Current_User\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  8. In the right pane, delete the value if present:

    "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"

  9. Windows NT/2000/XP only

    Navigate to the subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    In the right pane, delete the value if present:

    "IgnoreShiftOveride" = "1"

  10. Exit the Registry Editor.