Spyware.Sa_PCSpy

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:22 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.20
Publisher: WareSight Inc.
Risk Impact: High
File Names: sapcspy.exe,svchost.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.Sa_PCSpy is a commercial spyware program that logs keystrokes, Web sites visited, programs used, and file and folder activity. It also has a screen capture logger and can be automatically run in a silent, undetectable mode.

These actions are configured in the programs Settings menu of Ssmgr.exe. When the program is in silent mode, it cannot be accessed until it is brought out of silent mode. This can be done with a hot-key combination (the default combination is Ctrl+Alt+Y).

Spyware.Sa_PCSpy is similar to another commercial spyware program, 007 Spy Software, which is detected as Spyware.007Spy. The main difference is that 007 Spy Software can send logs through FTP and email, while SpyAnytime PC Spy does not have that feature.

007 Spy Software may be an upgraded version of SpyAnytime PC Spy.

Symptoms


One or more files are detected as Spyware.Sa_PCSpy.

Transmission


SpyAnytime PC Spy must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 15, 2018 revision 004
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 09, 2004 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 06, 2018 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 15, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:22 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 2.20
Publisher: WareSight Inc.
Risk Impact: High
File Names: sapcspy.exe,svchost.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


When Spyware.Sa_PCSpy is installed, it does the following:

  1. Adds the value:

    "Svchost"="%ProgramFiles%\System\svchost.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the spyware runs when you start Windows.


  2. Adds these registry keys, which register XPButton.OCX:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F3C047AF-74B1-4c61-9756-92F8D9F11A56}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{56ACC949-E6EE-4BF7-AF56-0A44FEDE4B42}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{92D590B4-A6B6-4841-9C47-CB8D86BFDED0}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C793DC5A-4494-4C30-93B0-0784604871DC}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JasonButton.XPButton

  3. Creates the following files and folders:
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\svchost.exe (executable detected as Spyware.Sa_PCSpy)
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\readme.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\unins000.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\unins000.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\license.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\System\help.chm
    • %System%\ijl11.dll (intel JPEG library)
    • %System%\keybhook.dll (keyboard hook file to pass through to the main executable)
    • %System%\vb5stkit.dll (Visual Basic 5 Setup toolkit)
    • %System%\XPbutton.ocx (A library for "Office XP style" buttons)
    • %DocumentsandSettings%\All Users\Application Data\sysdata (The data storage folder for screenshots)

      Notes:
        • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
        • %DocumentsandSettings% is a variable that refers to the Documents and Settings folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings.
        • %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).

    Updated: February 13, 2007 11:39:22 AM
    Type: Spyware
    Version: 2.20
    Publisher: WareSight Inc.
    Risk Impact: High
    File Names: sapcspy.exe,svchost.exe
    Systems Affected: Windows


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

    1. Update the definitions.
    2. Uninstall SpyAnytime PC Spy using the uninstaller.
    3. Run a full system scan.
    4. Unregister the dll.
    5. Delete the related files and folders.
    6. Delete the values from 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 SpyAnytime PC Spy
    Using Windows Explorer, navigate to %ProgramFiles%\System and double-click Unins000.exe . At the prompt, click Yes .


    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.Sa_PCSpy 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.

    4. To unregister the keybhook.dll file
    1. Click Start > Run.
    2. Type, or copy and paste, the following text:

      regsvr32 /u "%System%\keybhook.dll"

      then click OK.

    3. If a dialog box confirming this action appears, click OK.
    5. To delete the related files and folders
    1. Navigate to and delete the %ProgramFiles%\System folder.
    2. Navigate to and delete the %DocumentsandSettings%\All Users\Application Data\Sysdata folder.
    3. Navigate to %System% and delete the following files:
      • keybhook.dll
      • XPbutton.ocx

    6. 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:

        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

      4. In the right pane, delete the value:

        "svchost"="%ProgramFiles%\System\svchost.exe"

      5. Navigate and delete the following keys if they exist:

        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F3C047AF-74B1-4c61-9756-92F8D9F11A56}
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{56ACC949-E6EE-4BF7-AF56-0A44FEDE4B42}
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{92D590B4-A6B6-4841-9C47-CB8D86BFDED0}
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C793DC5A-4494-4C30-93B0-0784604871DC}
        HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JasonButton.XPButton

      6. Exit the Registry Editor