Spyware.ElpowKeylogger

Printer Friendly Page

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:46:33 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: Eltima Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: elpow_spy.sys elpow_spyBLOB elpow_spyCLICKING elpow_spyIDLELOG elpow_spyINDEX elpow_spyKEYLOG
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior


Spyware.ElpowKeylogger is a spyware that logs keystrokes, mouse clicks, passwords, web-activity, e-mail activity, and screen shots and can hide itself using a rootkit.

Symptoms


Your Symantec program detects Spyware.ElpowKeylogger.
The application window "Powered Keylogger log" shows up if you type the password to it on any applications.

Transmission


This security risk must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version January 29, 2018 revision 009
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 07, 2005 revision 016
  • Latest Daily Certified version January 29, 2018 revision 018
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date September 07, 2005

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

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:46:33 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: Eltima Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: elpow_spy.sys elpow_spyBLOB elpow_spyCLICKING elpow_spyIDLELOG elpow_spyINDEX elpow_spyKEYLOG
Systems Affected: Windows


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

  1. Creates the following files:

    • %System%\drivers\elpow_spy.sys
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\elpow_log.exe
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\elpow_log.init
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\pk_manual.chm
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\unins000.exe
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\unins000.dat
    • %Windir%\Keyloggerelow_spy\web.flt
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyBLOB
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyCLICKING
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyIDLELOG
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyINDEX
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyKEYLOG
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyMAILLOG
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyOPTIONS
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyPASLOG
    • %Windir%\elpow_spySCREEN
    • %Windir%\elpow_spyWEBLOG

      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).
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.

  2. Creates the following registry subkeys to register it as a service:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\elpow_spy
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ELPOW_SPY

  3. Adds the values:

    "ImagePath" = "\??\%System%\drivers\elpow_spy.sys"
    "Type" = "1"
    "Start" = "1"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\elpow_spy

    so that it starts as a service.

  4. Hides all the files and folders it created. It also hides the service and registry entries.

  5. Logs keystrokes, mouse clicks, passwords, web-activities, e-mail activities, screen shots, and idle status.

  6. If a password to Spyware.ElpowKeylogger, which has been decided by the user while installing, is input into any application, the window of Spyware.ElpowKeylogger appears displaying the logs. It also displays a button to uninstall the security risk.

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:46:33 AM
Type: Spyware
Publisher: Eltima Software
Risk Impact: High
File Names: elpow_spy.sys elpow_spyBLOB elpow_spyCLICKING elpow_spyIDLELOG elpow_spyINDEX elpow_spyKEYLOG
Systems Affected: Windows


If the security risk is installed with the option "Enabled in Windows Safe Mode" selected, it is impossible to uninstall the security risk through Powered Keylogger window without the password. In this case, go to step 2.

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

  1. Uninstall through Powered Keylogger window.
  2. Restart the computer using the Windows Recovery Console.
  3. Update the definitions.
  4. Run a full system scan.
  5. Delete any files added by the threat.
  6. Delete any values added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. Uninstall through Powered Keylogger window
It is recommended to uninstall the spyware by this method if possible, especially the option "Enabled in Windows Safe Mode" is checked when installed.
  1. Type the password to Powered Keylogger on any application window. The Powered Keylogger window will show up, if the password is correct. The default password is "secretword".
  2. Click "Options" in the left pane.
  3. Push "Uninstall keylogger" in the left pane.
2. Restart the computer using the Windows Recovery Console
If you don't remember the password to Powered Keylogger, do this step. If you successfully uninstalled in the step 1, please skip this step.
To remove this threat it is necessary to restart the computer and run the Windows Recovery Console. For full details on how to do this please read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article: How to install and use the Recovery Console in Windows XP.
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
  2. Restart the computer from the CD-ROM drive.
  3. Press "R" to start the Recovery Console when the "Welcome to Setup" screen apprears.
  4. Select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console, if you have a dual-boot computer.
  5. Enter the administrator password
  6. Press Enter
  7. Type cd system32
  8. Type cd drivers
  9. Type del elpow_spy.sys
  10. Type exit
  11. Press Enter. The computer will now restart automatically.


3. To update the definitions

To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.


4. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, 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.
Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

5. To delete the files added by the security risk
  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Locate %windir% folder.
  3. Delete the folder "Keyloggerelpow_spy".
  4. Delete all the files that start with "elpow_spy".

6. 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

    Then click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  3. Navigate to and delete the following registry entries:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\elpow_spy
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ELPOW_SPY

  4. Exit the Registry Editor.