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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:14 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 1.0.0
Publisher: Quicomm
Risk Impact: High
File Names: gurl100.exe,gurl.exe,gurlsetup.exe,gurlhook.dll,and gurl.cpl
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.GURLWatcher is a program that monitors Internet activity on your computer.


The files are detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.


Spyware.GURLWatcher must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 07, 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 13, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 07, 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 14, 2004

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

Technical Description

Spyware.GURLWatcher can do the following:

    • Log URLs to monitor Internet avtivity.
    • Send the logs by email.

When Spyware.GURLWatcher is installed, it does the following:
  1. Displays the license agreement.

  2. Allows the person running the installation to select the installation folder. The default installation folder is %ProgramFiles%\GURL.

    %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the path to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.

  3. Creates the following folders and files:
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\gurl.exe: Logging module. Detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\gurlsetup.exe: Configurations manager. Detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\gurl_watcher_help.html: Help file.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\images\win_gurl_watcher_main.gif: Help file image.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\images\win_gurl_watcher_password.gif: Help file image.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\images\win_gurl_watcher_reg.gif: Help file image.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\images\QuicommSmall.GIF: Help file image.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\images\gwlogocolor.gif: Help file image.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\gurlhook.dll: gurl.exe uses this DLL file. Detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\uninstall.exe: Generic uninstaller.
    • %System%\gurl.cpl: Used to make the spyware program appear in the Control Panel. Detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.
    • %ProgramFiles%\GURL\gurl.html: Log file.

  4. Adds the subkey:


    to the registry key:


    and then adds this value to that subkey:

    "Location" = "C:\Program Files\GURL"

  5. Adds the value:

    "GURL" = "C:\Program Files\GURL\gurl.exe"

    to the registry key:


  6. Adds the subkey:


    to the registry key:


    and then adds the following values to that subkey:

    "DisplayName" = "GURL Watcher"
    "UninstallString" = "C:\Program Files\GURL\uninstall.exe"


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

Important: This spyware includes an uninstaller. Do not use the uninstaller, as it is incorrectly configured.

It deletes the registry key:


  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher.
  4. 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 restart the computer in Safe mode
Shut down the computer and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode or VGA mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode ."

3. To scan for and delete the files
  1. Start Norton AntiVirus and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files. For more information, read the document, "How to configure Norton AntiVirus to scan all files."
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected as Spyware.GURLWatcher, click Delete.

    If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file names. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

4. To delete the 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:


  4. In the left plane, delete the subkey:


  5. Navigate to the key:


  6. In the right plane, delete the value:

    "GURL" = "C:\Program Files\GURL\gurl.exe"

  7. Navigate to the key:


  8. In the left plane, delete the subkey:


  9. Exit the Registry Editor.