Hacktool.ABFPRecovery

Hacktool.ABFPRecovery

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
1.5.0.365
Publisher:
ABF software, Inc.
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
abfPasswordRecoveryInstall.exe abfPasswordRecovery.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Hacktool.ABFPRecovery is a hacktool that allows the user to recover hidden passwords.

Symptoms


One or more files are detected as Hacktool.ABFPRecovery

Behavior


Hacktool.ABFPRecovery must be manually installed on your computer.

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 March 24, 2005
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 30, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Hacktool.ABFPRecovery is installed, the following actions are performed:
    1. Creates the following files:

      • %Userprofile%\Desktop\ABF Password Recovery.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\ABF Password Recovery help.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\ABF Password Recovery.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\Home page.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\License.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\ReadMe.lnk
      • %Userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\Uninstall ABF Password Recovery.lnk
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\abfPasswordRecovery.cnt
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\abfPasswordRecovery.exe
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\abfPasswordRecovery.GID
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\abfPasswordRecovery.hlp
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\buy.txt
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\file_id.diz
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\home.url
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\INSTALL.LOG
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\install.sss
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\License.txt
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\pad.xml
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\ReadMe.txt
      • %ProgramFiles%\ABF software\ABF Password Recovery\Uninstall.exe

        Notes:
      • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
      • %UserProfile% is a variable that refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> (Windows NT/2000/XP).

    2. Creates the registry keys:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{A5C4CC8D-2F7D-4FBB-B000-658599ABD432}
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ABF software


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

    Before you begin:
    This security risk may include an uninstaller. The uninstaller file is usually C:\Program Files\ABF Password Recovery\Uninstall.exe. Using Windows Explorer, see if this file exists.
      • If you cannot find the file, follow the instructions below.
      • If the file does exist, double-click it and follow any prompts. After the uninstaller is finished, to make sure that the risk has been removed, follow the instructions below.
    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 Hacktool.ABFPRecovery 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. 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.

    4. Navigate to and delete the key:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{A5C4CC8D-2F7D-4FBB-B000-658599ABD432}
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ABF software

    5. Exit the Registry Editor.