Spyware.KeyThief

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:36 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Idigital Technologies
Risk Impact: High
File Names: keyserv.exe,skey.exe,Srvcks.exe,startkey.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.KeyThief is a program that logs keystrokes and takes periodic screenshots of the computer.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.KeyThief.

Transmission


Spyware.KeyThief must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 23, 2017 revision 037
  • Initial Daily Certified version July 20, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version March 23, 2017 revision 041
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date July 21, 2004

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:36 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Idigital Technologies
Risk Impact: High
File Names: keyserv.exe,skey.exe,Srvcks.exe,startkey.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.KeyThief can do the following:

  • Log keystrokes
  • Take screenshots
  • Send logs by email
  • Run in hidden mode
  • Be unhidden by holding the keys Ctrl+Alt+K

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

  2. Installs the program to %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0.

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

  3. Can put a link into the program's uninstaller in the Add/Remove Programs applet.

  4. Creates the following files/folders:
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\help.htm: Help information.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\ikeyhk2.dll: Generic key hooking library.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\startkey.exe: Used to start the Spyware. Detected as Spyware.KeyThief.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\skey.exe: Used for screenshot capturing. Detected as Spyware.KeyThief.
    • %System%\msvbvm60.dll: Microsoft Visual Basic Virtual Machine.
    • %System%\nslock15vb6.ocx: ActiveLock.
    • %Windir%\keythf2.ini: Configuration settings.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\Srvcks.exe: Main logger and configurator. Detected as Spyware.KeyThief.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\readme.txt: Documentation.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\web.ico: Icon used by Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\help.ico: Icon used by Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\Idigital Technologies.url: URL to the company that made the Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\keytheif.ico: Icon used by Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\reg.ico: Icon used by Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\remove.exe: Generic uninstaller.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\Register.url: URL to register the Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\text.ico: Icon used by Spyware.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\Unwise.exe: Generic uninstaller.
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Idigital Technologies\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv\Key Thief Help.lnk: Start menu link.
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Idigital Technologies\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv\Key Thief Read Me.lnk: Start menu link.
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Idigital Technologies\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv\Idigital Technologies Web Site.lnk: Start menu link.
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Idigital Technologies\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv.lnk: Start menu link.
    • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Idigital Technologies\Key Thief 2.0 Key Serv\Register Key Thief Online.lnk: Start menu link.
    • %Windir%\KeyLogs\: Log directory.

  5. Adds the value:

    "srvcks" = "C:\PROGRA~1\IDIGIT~1\KEYSER~1.0\startkey.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the Spyware runs when you start Windows.

  6. Creates the following registry keys/values:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Key Serv\"DisplayName" = "Key Serv 2.0"

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Key Serv\"UninstallString" = "C:\PROGRA~1\IDIGIT~1\KEYSER~1.0\UNWISE.EXE C:\PROGRA~1\IDIGIT~1\KEYSER~1.0\INSTALL.LOG"

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Key Serv\"DisplayIcon" = "C:\PROGRA~1\IDIGIT~1\KEYSER~1.0\srvcks.exe,-0"


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:36 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Idigital Technologies
Risk Impact: High
File Names: keyserv.exe,skey.exe,Srvcks.exe,startkey.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


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

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall Spyware.KeyThief.
  3. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  4. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Spyware.KeyThief.
  5. 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 uninstall the Spyware
  1. Navigate to %ProgramFiles%\Idigital Technologies\Key Serv 2.0\.
  2. Double-click remove.exe.

3. 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 . "


4. 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.KeyThief, 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.



5. 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 keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.

Note:
This is done to make sure that all the keys are removed. They may not be there if the uninstaller removed them.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit, then click OK.
  3. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right plane, delete the value:

    "srvcks" = "C:\PROGRA~1\IDIGIT~1\KEYSER~1.0\startkey.exe"

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

  6. In the left plane, delete the subkey:

    Key Serv

  7. Exit the Registry Editor.