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Spyware.PCMonitor

Spyware.PCMonitor

Updated:
13 February 2007
Version:
2.11.15
Publisher:
Strategic Business Solutions, Inc.
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
Monpc.exe,Pcm40.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.PCMonitor monitors and logs processes and Internet use.

Symptoms


The files are detected as Spyware.PCMonitor.

Behavior


This spyware component must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 26 November 2018 revision 007
  • Initial Daily Certified version 31 August 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 26 November 2018 revision 009
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 31 August 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Spyware.PCMonitor can do the following:
    • Monitor Internet use
    • Monitors what, when, and how long a program is used
    • Block or limit the use of programs
    • Log when the computer is turned on and off
    • Capture screen shots
    • Run in stealth mode

When Spyware.PCMonitor is installed, it does the following:
  1. Creates the registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PCMonitor.exe

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{2E0815CC-52F0-4C32-8C20-0C30A6516155}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\PCM

    and adds the subkeys and values to them to set the flags and configurations.

  2. Adds the value:

    "PCStart"="%SystemDrive%:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
    Application Data\Microsoft\Msapps\sbs\Pcm40.exe"

    to the registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that both the screen logging and the keystroke logging components of the spyware run when you start Windows.

    Note: %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.

  3. Creates the following files in the %SystemDrive%:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Msapps\sbs folder:
    • Monpc.exe
    • Pcm.bup
    • PCM.cnt
    • PCM.HLP
    • Pcm.ldb
    • Pcm.sbs
    • pcm40.exe
    • PCMHelp.doc
    • pcmt.txt
    • Rm.ldb
    • Rm.sec
    • SBSDEFAULT




The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall Spyware.PCMonitor using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete the keys that were 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 PCM

    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 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.PCMonitor, 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 delete the keys 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 and delete the keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PCMonitor.exe

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{2E0815CC-52F0-4C32-8C20-0C30A6516155}

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\PCM

  4. Navigate to the key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  5. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "PCStart"="%SystemDrive%:\Documents and Settings\All Users\
    Application Data\Microsoft\Msapps\sbs\Pcm40.exe"

  6. Exit the Registry Editor.