Spyware.RemoteKey

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:40:30 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 1.01
Publisher: www.nextsecurity.net
Risk Impact: High
File Names: RKL_Setup.exe RKL1.01-dynamic.exe RKL1.01-static.exe RKLogger.dll RKLExe.exe RKLSvc.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.RemoteKey deploys executables to remote computers to log keystrokes and sends logs to a configured email address in realtime.

Symptoms


Your Symantec program detects this threat as Spyware.RemoteKey.

Transmission


Spyware.RemoteKey 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 November 10, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date November 10, 2004

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:40:30 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 1.01
Publisher: www.nextsecurity.net
Risk Impact: High
File Names: RKL_Setup.exe RKL1.01-dynamic.exe RKL1.01-static.exe RKLogger.dll RKLExe.exe RKLSvc.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


When Spyware.RemoteKey is installed, the following actions are performed:

  1. Creates the following files:
    • %CommonProgramFiles%\Remote KeyLogger\Disk1\ - Directory that stores installation files.
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Remote KeyLogger\Remote KeyLogger1.01.lnk - Start Menu link,
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Remote KeyLogger\Read Me.lnk - Start Menu link,
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Remote KeyLogger\Uninstall.lnk - Start Menu link,
    • %ProgramFiles%\Remote KeyLogger\RKL1.01-dynamic.exe - Main configurator/log viewer. Detected as Spyware.RemoteKey.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Remote KeyLogger\RKL1.01-static.exe - Main configurator/log viewer. Detected as Spyware.RemoteKey.
    • %ProgramFiles%\Remote KeyLogger\readme.txt - Documentation.

      Notes:
    • %CommonProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the Common Files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files\Common Files.
    • %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.

  2. Creates the values:

    "UninstallString" = "RunDll32 C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\0700\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "%ProgramFiles%\InstallShield Installation Information\{3B0C7994-F456-4BCC-B3F0-49C35BFA8199}\setup.exe" -l0x9 "
    "DisplayName" = "Remote KeyLogger"
    "LogFile" = "%ProgramFiles%\InstallShield Installation Information\{3B0C7994-F456-4BCC-B3F0-49C35BFA8199}\setup.ilg"
    "ProductGuid" = "{3B0C7994-F456-4BCC-B3F0-49C35BFA8199}"
    "InstallLocation" = "%ProgramFiles%\Remote KeyLogger"
    "DisplayVersion" = "1.0.0.0"
    "Version" = "0x1000000"
    "MajorVersion" = "0x1"
    "MinorVersion" = "0x0"
    "LogMode" = "0x1"

    in the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3B0C7994-F456-4BCC-B3F0-49C35BFA8199}

  3. Creates the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\NextSecurity\Remote KeyLogger

    where it stores the program settings.

Once installed, Spyware.RemoteKey can be used to log keystrokes on remote machines. The following actions are performed on the remote machines:

  1. Creates the following files:
    • %System%\RKLogger.dll - Detected as Spyware.RemoteKey.
    • %System%\RKLExe.exe - Main logger. Detected as Spyware.RemoteKey.
    • %System%\RKLSvc.exe - Detected as Spyware.RemoteKey.

      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).

  2. RKLExe.exe is executed.

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:40:30 AM
Type: Spyware
Version: 1.01
Publisher: www.nextsecurity.net
Risk Impact: High
File Names: RKL_Setup.exe RKL1.01-dynamic.exe RKL1.01-static.exe RKLogger.dll RKLExe.exe RKLSvc.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


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

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall Remote KeyLogger using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
  4. Run a full system scan.
  5. Delete the value that was 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 Adware
  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 Remote KeyLogger.


    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.


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. 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.

    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.RemoteKey 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.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Delete the following subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{3B0C7994-F456-4BCC-B3F0-49C35BFA8199}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\NextSecurity\Remote KeyLogger

  4. Exit the Registry Editor.