Spyware.ACM

Spyware.ACM

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
4.0
Publisher:
Zemerick Software
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
ACMService.exe,zsHook.dll
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.ACM is a commercial spyware program designed to monitor all forms of user activity on a computer.

Symptoms


One or more files detected as Spyware.ACM.

Behavior


Spyware.ACM must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 01, 2015 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 18, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 01, 2015 revision 018
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 19, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.


The following are features of Spyware.ACM:
    • logs keystrokes, urls visited and programs executed
    • sends logs via ftp or e-mail
    • Disables Task Manager to hinder users from viewing the current running applications list.

When Spyware.ACM runs, it performs the following actions:

  1. Creates the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\ACMConfig.exe: Configures the program
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\ACMDLL.dll Helper file for ACMService.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\ACMService.exe Main component of the program
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\polarcrypto.dll Encrypts/Decrypts data
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\PolarZIPLight.dll Zip/unZip library
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\zsHook.dll Keylogger
    • %ProgramFiles%\ACM\unins000.exe: Uninstaller for the program
    • %System%\ccrpTmr6.dll: Timer library
    • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\ACM\*.lnk
    • ACM\start.ico
    • ACM\stop.ico
    • ACM\ACM Quick Start Guide.pdf

      Note: %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
      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).
      Note: %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).
      Note: %ProgramFiles%\ACM is the default installation folder. This is configurable by the user.

  2. The Spyware will also create the following legitimate files if they are not present on the system

    • %System%\comdlg32.exe
    • %System%\msinet.ocx
    • %System%\MSWINSCK.OCX
    • %System%\RICHTX32.OCX
    • %System%\TABCTL32.OCX

  3. Creates a service with the following attributes:

    • Service name: "ACMService"
    • Display name: "ACMService"
    • Path to executable: "<path to ACMService.exe>"
    • Startup type: "Automatic"


  4. Creates the following registry keys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\ACMDLL.ServiceEntry
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\Applications\Winrar.exe
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\ACMService
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ACMService
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpCountdown
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpStopWatch
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpTimer
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpTimerStats
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpCountdownNotify
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpCountdownNotifyEx
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpTimerNotify
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpTimerNotifyEx
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0C69356E-1275-4df8-9A67-6C0A6CAAFAC8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1AB22F59-FB66-4A06-BCA9-EA5A6D5785E0}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1CCF94E6-BA0C-4218-9280-D6339663DCF3}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2E675021-9B3B-49ca-A8D5-D1829F999808}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98D28F39-6B87-4424-846D-A18E35C8CE1A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BBDA50F9-4374-4697-B004-943D3CDA4A6A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{00B2A602-482B-4E39-AF3E-731A11763FF2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2AF0C41D-44BA-4DBC-83FF-EFFA10350B7E}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{376F3B90-6939-47DE-82C0-A92F36290A60}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{48D03FF6-6D19-4415-852E-C0B506239979}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4A50CE9D-456F-4C97-9872-F569816ED5BD}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{629D9912-49EC-4623-BC26-49EC151E94F2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{64A53AE7-D599-45FC-A87E-0C403E61F3B3}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{66A6A2F6-5598-44D6-824E-CE8967617983}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{6D63DD88-6B66-4F03-AF75-48CAE256547B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{871E1DCF-F823-4D33-B7E5-DE6A67F8571B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A3218B31-BDA4-431F-B41A-82FA6AF432C9}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C3034EB9-9CE5-46AC-9A4B-C3C15C81F163}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{19CD2397-D366-425F-AE02-07CFF09AA02D}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7560BF71-2AC0-4792-8B39-E4BF8F82DFFC}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{9CCD14D6-ABE0-44BF-8F04-29E59D2CEA5E}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B48EF08A-D99C-4AB3-B873-968B2F4653EC}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ACMDLL.ServiceEntry
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PDSSmtpLib.Smtp
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PolarZIPLight.ZIPLight
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PolarZIPLight.ZIPLight.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.Crypto
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.Crypto.2.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoData
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoData.2.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoSfdProperties
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoSfdProperties.2.5



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
    1. Update the definitions.
    2. Restart the computer in Safe mode.
    3. Run a full system scan.
    4. 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 restart the computer in Safe mode
    Shut down the computer and turn off the power. Wait for at least 30 seconds, and then restart the computer in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, "How to start the computer in Safe Mode."


    3. To run the scan
    1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
    2. If any files are detected as Spyware.ACM 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.

      • 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.
    3. If you are still in Safe mode, restart the computer in Normal mode before proceeding to the next section.
4. To reverse the changes made to 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 , for instructions.

  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

  3. Navigate to and delete the following values:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\ACMDLL.ServiceEntry
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\Applications\Winrar.exe
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\ACMService
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ACMService
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpCountdown
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpStopWatch
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpTimer
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ccrpTimerStats
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpCountdownNotify
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpCountdownNotifyEx
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpTimerNotify
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ccrpTimers6.ICcrpTimerNotifyEx
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0C69356E-1275-4df8-9A67-6C0A6CAAFAC8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1AB22F59-FB66-4A06-BCA9-EA5A6D5785E0}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{1CCF94E6-BA0C-4218-9280-D6339663DCF3}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2E675021-9B3B-49ca-A8D5-D1829F999808}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{98D28F39-6B87-4424-846D-A18E35C8CE1A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BBDA50F9-4374-4697-B004-943D3CDA4A6A}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{00B2A602-482B-4E39-AF3E-731A11763FF2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2AF0C41D-44BA-4DBC-83FF-EFFA10350B7E}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{376F3B90-6939-47DE-82C0-A92F36290A60}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{48D03FF6-6D19-4415-852E-C0B506239979}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4A50CE9D-456F-4C97-9872-F569816ED5BD}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{629D9912-49EC-4623-BC26-49EC151E94F2}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{64A53AE7-D599-45FC-A87E-0C403E61F3B3}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{66A6A2F6-5598-44D6-824E-CE8967617983}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{6D63DD88-6B66-4F03-AF75-48CAE256547B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{871E1DCF-F823-4D33-B7E5-DE6A67F8571B}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A3218B31-BDA4-431F-B41A-82FA6AF432C9}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{C3034EB9-9CE5-46AC-9A4B-C3C15C81F163}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{19CD2397-D366-425F-AE02-07CFF09AA02D}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{7560BF71-2AC0-4792-8B39-E4BF8F82DFFC}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{9CCD14D6-ABE0-44BF-8F04-29E59D2CEA5E}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{B48EF08A-D99C-4AB3-B873-968B2F4653EC}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ACMDLL.ServiceEntry
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PDSSmtpLib.Smtp
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PolarZIPLight.ZIPLight
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PolarZIPLight.ZIPLight.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.Crypto
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.Crypto.2.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoData
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoData.2.5
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoSfdProperties
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Crypto.CryptoSfdProperties.2.5


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