Spyware.EmailSpy

Spyware.EmailSpy

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
4.5
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
vmsprog.exe; escp.exe; vmsdrv.sys.
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.EmailSpy is an email monitoring program and surveillance tool. When installed, this program sends copies of a user's outgoing emails to a predetermined email address.

Symptoms


Files detected as Spyware.EmailSpy.

Behavior


This software must be installed manually.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version July 08, 2015 revision 007
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 26, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 08, 2015 revision 017
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 27, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Spyware.EmailSpy is installed, it performs the following actions:

  1. May drop some or all of the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\[Security Risk Folder]\escp.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\[Security Risk Folder]\help.chm
    • %ProgramFiles%\[Security Risk Folder]\license.rtf
    • %System%\vmsprog.exe
    • %System%\vmsdrv.sys
    • %UserProfile%\Start menu\Programs\Email Spy
    • %UserProfile%\Favorites\Links

      Notes:
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %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).
    • %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).
    • [Security Risk Folder] is a variable used to refer to the installation folder for the Security risk. This folder may be named "Email Spy" or "Email Spy Pro", depending on the version of the software installed.

  2. May create the following links:

    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\[Security Risk Folder]\Email Spy Control Panel.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\[Security Risk Folder]\Email Spy Help.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\[Security Risk Folder]\Email Spy Online.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\[Security Risk Folder]\License.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\[Security Risk Folder]\Uninstall Email Spy.lnk

  3. Creates the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Email Spy
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Email Spy Pro
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\Legacy\vmsdrv
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\Legacy\vmsprog
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmsdrv
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmsprog

  4. Adds the value:

    "TrapPollTimeMilliSecs" = "15000"

    to the registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\RFC1156Agent\Current Version\Parameters

  5. Creates a service with the following properties:

    Name: vmsdrv
    Display name: vmsdrv
    Path: %System%\system32\vmsdrv.sys
    Description: None

  6. Creates a service with the following properties:

    Name: vmsprog
    Display name: Virtual Manager System
    Path: %System%\system32\vmsprog.exe
    Description: None



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.EmailSpy 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 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. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .

    1. Click Start > Run.
    2. Type regedit

      Then click OK.

    3. Navigate to and delete the subkeys:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Email Spy
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Email Spy Pro
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\Legacy\vmsdrv
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\Legacy\vmsprog
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VxD
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmsdrv
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\vmsprog

    4. Navigate to the subkey:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\RFC1156Agent\Current Version\Parameters

    5. In the right pane, delete the value:

      "TrapPollTimeMilliSecs" = "15000"

    6. Exit the registry editor.