Spyware.SpyMyPC

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:13 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Benutec Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Smode.dll,Syschecks.dll,Smpc.dll,Smpc32.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.SpyMyPc is a commercial spyware program that logs keystrokes.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.SpyMyPc.

Transmission


Spyware.SpyMyPC must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 15, 2018 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 03, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 15, 2018 revision 024
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 08, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:13 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Benutec Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Smode.dll,Syschecks.dll,Smpc.dll,Smpc32.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


Spyware.SpyMyPC can be set to do any of these actions:

  • Log keystrokes and output them to a file located in %ProgramFiles%\Logs.
  • Run in a Hidden mode in the taskbar. It can be removed from hidden mode with a hot-key combination. (The default is Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S).
  • Start automatically when Windows starts, by enabling the "Run SpyMyPC when Windows Startup" option.


When Spyware.SpyMyPC is installed, it does the following:
  1. Creates the following files:
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\Smpc.dll (A keyboard hook library).
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\Smpc32.exe (The spyware's executable)
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\Readme.txt (Readme notes).
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\License.txt (The end-user license).
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\Unins000.exe (The uninstaller file).
    • %ProgramFiles%\SpyMyPC\Unins000.dat (Uninstaller data).
    • %Windir%\Smode.dll (A library with process-hiding functionality).
    • %Windir%\Syschecks.dll (A library that initializes and terminates programs, as well as writes logs to disk).
    • %Windir%\Smrcmd.dll (A renamed copy of the Windows 2000 Professional Explorer.exe file. This file is not malicious).

      Notes:
      • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
      • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.

  2. Adds the value (if the "Run SpyMyPC when Windows Startup" option is checked):

    "SystemCheck"="RUNDLL32.EXE syschecks.dll,SysCheckStartup"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that Spyware.SpyMyPC runs when you start Windows.

  3. Adds the registry keys :

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SpyMyPC_is1
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Benutec\SpyMyPC

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:13 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.0
Publisher: Benutec Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: Smode.dll,Syschecks.dll,Smpc.dll,Smpc32.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


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

    1. Update the definitions.
    2. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
    3. Uninstall SpyMyPC 2.0 using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
    4. Run a full system scan.
    5. Delete values that were added to the registry.
    6. Delete the related files and folders.
    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. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode ."
    3. To uninstall the Spyware
    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 SpyMyPC 2.0


      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.

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

    If any files are detected as Spyware.SpyMyPc 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 that were added to the registry
    Some or all of these values may no longer exist if the Add/Remove programs routine removed them.

    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_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    4. In the right pane, delete the value:

      "SystemCheck"="RUNDLL32.EXE syschecks.dll,SysCheckStartup"

    5. Navigate to the key:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Benutec\

    6. In the left pane, expand the "Benutec" folder and delete the subfolder:

      "SpyMyPC"

    6. To delete the related files and folders
    Some or all of these may no longer exist if the Add/Remove programs routine removed them.

    1. Navigate to %ProgramFiles% and delete the folder "SpyMyPC."
    2. Navigate to %Windir%.
    3. Delete the following files in %Windir% if they exist:
      • smode.dll
      • smrcmd.dll
      • syschecks.dll