Spyware.SearchPounder

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:42:51 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: www.search-pounder.com
Risk Impact: High
File Names: pounder.exe,sysmonnt.exe
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.SearchPounder sends keywords typed into HTML forms and popular Internet search engines to a remote server.

Symptoms


Your Symantec products detect the files as Spyware.SearchPounder

Transmission


This program can be manually installed or installed as part of other security risks.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 24, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 25, 2005

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:42:51 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: www.search-pounder.com
Risk Impact: High
File Names: pounder.exe,sysmonnt.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


When Spyware.SearchPounder is executed, it performs the following actions:

  1. May create the following files:

    • %System%\vbdata00.dat
    • %System%\sysmonnt.exe
    • %System%\msinet.ocx
    • %System%\unins000.exe
    • %System%\unins000.dat
    • %Windir%\unins000.dat
    • %Windir%\unins000.exe

      Notes:
    • %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).
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\Winnt (Windows NT/2000).

  2. Adds the value:

    "sysmonnt" = "%System%\sysmonnt.exe"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the adware runs every time Windows starts.

  3. Creates the following registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    \Uninstall\System Monitor for Windows 98/NT/XP/2000/2003_is1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
    \{48E59293-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
    \{48E59294-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
    \{48E59295-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface
    \{48E59291-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface
    \{48E59292-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib
    \{48E59290-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InetCtls.Inet
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InetCtls.Inet.1

  4. Sends keywords typed in HTML forms and popular search engines to its own server on the search.antarasystems.com domain.


Updated: February 13, 2007 11:42:51 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: www.search-pounder.com
Risk Impact: High
File Names: pounder.exe,sysmonnt.exe
Systems Affected: Windows


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.

  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete any values 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 run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware.SearchPounder 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 risk 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 risk 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 risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk 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. Restart the computer in Normal mode.

    • 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 risk 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. Restart the computer in Normal mode.


3. 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 subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
    1. Click Start > Run.
    2. Type regedit
    3. Click OK.

    4. Navigate to the subkey:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

      In the right pane, delete the value:

      "sysmonnt"="%System%\sysmonnt.exe"

    5. Delete the following registry keys:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
      \Uninstall\System Monitor for Windows 98/NT/XP/2000/2003_is1
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
      \{48E59293-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
      \{48E59294-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID
      \{48E59295-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface
      \{48E59291-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface
      \{48E59292-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib
      \{48E59290-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InetCtls.Inet
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\InetCtls.Inet.1

    6. Exit the Registry Editor.