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Spyware.SystemSpy

Spyware.SystemSpy

Updated:
13 February 2007
Version:
2.1.26
Publisher:
Diplodock
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
ss.exe,sysmon.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.SystemSpy is a commercial keylogger. It only runs under Windows 95, 98, and Me. This spyware logs keystrokes and mouse clicks, and can be set to not be displayed in the Task Manager or Taskbar.

Symptoms


One or more files are detected as Spyware.SystemSpy.

Behavior


Spyware.SystemSpy must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 01 February 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 16 September 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 28 September 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 22 September 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Spyware.SystemSpy is run, it does the following:
  1. Creates the following files:
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\ss.exe (The main logging program, detected as Spyware.SystemSpy.)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\analyzer.exe (A log file viewer.)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\readme.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\readme.doc
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\sysmon.dll (A hook file library, detected as Spyware.SystemSpy.)
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\readme.pdf
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\time.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\save.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\open.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\high.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\forw.bmp
    • %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware\Graphics\find.bmp
    • %System%\mscomctl.ocx (A Microsoft ActiveX control)
    • %System%\msvbm60.dll (A Microsoft Visual Basic 6 library)
    • %System%\tabctl32.ocx (A Microsoft ActiveX control)
    • %System%\msflxgrd.ocx (A Microsoft ActiveX control)

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

  2. Creates the "Diplodock" group in the Start Menu.
  3. Stores log files as *.ssa files in the %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware folder.


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall Spyware.SystemSpy using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan.
  4. Delete any remaining files.
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 Diplodock System Spy.


    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.SystemSpy 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 any remaining files
Using Windows Explorer:
  • Delete the folder %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock\System Spy Shareware. (If you do not own any other Diplodock products, delete the %ProgramFiles%\Diplodock folder.)
  • Delete the Diplodock\System Spy Shareware shortcut from the Start Menu. (If you do not own any other Diplodock products, delete the entire Diplodock folder from the Start Menu.)