Spyware.NetSpy

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:49 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.0
Publisher: SkySof Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: netspy.exe,nconfig.exe,nsutil.exe,nsys.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.NetSpy is a program that logs keystrokes and URLs, and captures screenshots.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.NetSpy .

Transmission


Spyware.NetSpy 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 August 06, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 26, 2015 revision 023
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 11, 2004

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:49 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.0
Publisher: SkySof Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: netspy.exe,nconfig.exe,nsutil.exe,nsys.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.NetSpy can do the following:

  • Log keystrokes
  • Run in hidden mode
  • Log or block URLs
  • Take screenshots

When Spyware.NetSpy is installed it does the following:
  1. Displays the product information.

  2. Creates the following files:
    • %System%\nsys.exe: Main logger. Detected as Spyware.NetSpy.
    • %System%\nconfig.exe: Main configuration file. Detected as Spyware.NetSpy.
    • %System%\nsutil.exe: Component that resets password and uninstalls. Detected as Spyware.NetSpy.
    • %System%\Faq.fil: Frequently Asked Questions.
    • %System%\MSVBVM60.DLL: Microsoft Visual Basic Virtual Machine Library.
    • %System%\kbhook.dll: Visual Basic keyboard hook library.
    • %System%\CaptureScreen.ocx: Screenshot capturing library.
    • %System%\Ijl11.dll: Intel JPEG Library.
    • %System%\Richtx32.ocx: Microsoft RichText Library.
    • %System%\file.txt: Log file.
    • %System%\file_keys.txt: Log file.
    • Additional JPEG and text files for logging are located in %System%.

      Note: %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).

  3. Adds the value:

    "nsys" = "nsys.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the Spyware runs when you start Windows.

  4. Adds the values:

    "%System%\nsys.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\nconfig.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\nsutil.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\Faq.fil" = "0x1"
    "%System%\kbhook.dll" = "0x1"
    "%System%\CaptureScreen.ocx" = "0x1"
    "%System%\Ijl11.dll" = "0x1"
    "%System%\Richtx32.ocx" = "0x1"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs

  5. Creates the following registry keys/values:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\nsys.exe\Path = "%System%"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\nsys.exe\(Default) = "%System%\nsys.exe"

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\S7000\Key
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\S7000\String1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\S7000\String2

  6. Creates the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\NetSpy

    and places the configuration settings as values in that key.

  7. Modifies the value to:

    "DisableTaskMgr" = "0x0"

    in the registry key:

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

    so that the Spyware can enable and disable the Task Manager.


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:38:49 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 3.0
Publisher: SkySof Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: netspy.exe,nconfig.exe,nsutil.exe,nsys.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.NetSpy.
  3. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  4. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Spyware.NetSpy.
  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 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).
  2. Double-click Nsutil.exe.
  3. Click Remove NetSpy.

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.NetSpy 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 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.

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:

    "nsys" = "nsys.exe"

  5. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs

  6. In the right plane, delete the values:

    "%System%\nsys.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\nconfig.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\nsutil.exe" = "0x1"
    "%System%\Faq.fil" = "0x1"

  7. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

  8. In the left plane, delete the subkey:

    nsys.exe

  9. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software

  10. In the left plane, delete the subkey:

    S7000

  11. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\

  12. In the left plane, delete the subkey:

    NetSpy

  13. If the Spyware has disabled the Task Manager, you can enable it by navigating to the key:

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

  14. In the right plane, modify the value:

    DisableTaskMgr

    to:

    0

  15. Exit the Registry Editor.