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26 February 2007
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Spyware.Spytector is a tool used to generate customizable spyware that has the ability to log keystrokes.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 12 May 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Daily Certified version 06 June 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version 13 May 2019 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 08 June 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When Spyware.Spytector is executed, it displays a message box with the following information:
Spytector stealth monitoring application is ready to be installed. Your PC activity will be monitored. Do you agree with this?

The program will then create the following files:
  • %Windir%\kbdsm.dll
  • %System%\kbdsm.exe

The program then creates the following folder:

It then creates the following files in the above folder:
  • Spytector.exe
  • Help.chm
  • ReadMe.txt
  • License.html
  • Spytector Purchase

Next, the program creates the following registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Active Setup\Installed Components\{45AF4012-AF03-B3AC-EA32-20A312B6012D}\"StubPath" = "%System%\kbdsm.exe"

It then creates the following registry subkeys:

The program displays a dialog box that is used to create customizable spyware. Customizable features of the spyware include:
  • Server name (Filename)
  • Logfile name
  • Startup key (GUID)
  • Log delivery method (Email, FTP, or Browser.)
  • Adding password
  • Automatic uninstallation
  • Keylogger filter
  • Icon

The program can then log keystrokes on the compromised computer.
The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.
  1. Update the virus 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 virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions.
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted daily. You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

The latest Intelligent Updater virus definitions can be obtained here: Intelligent Updater virus definitions . For detailed instructions read the document: How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater .

2. To run a full system scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected, follow the instructions displayed by your antivirus program.
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 threat 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.

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. For instructions refer to the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the threat 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.

  4. Navigate to and delete the following registry entry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Active Setup\Installed Components\{45AF4012-AF03-B3AC-EA32-20A312B6012D}\"StubPath" = "%System%\kbdsm.exe"

  5. Navigate to and delete the following registry subkeys:


  6. Exit the Registry Editor.