Spyware.EmployeeWatch

Spyware.EmployeeWatch

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
8.63
Publisher:
www.matewatcher.com
Risk Impact:
High
File Names:
svchost.exe csrss.exe smss.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Spyware.EmployeeWatch is a commercial spyware program designed to monitor user activity on a computer.

Symptoms


One or more files detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.

Behavior


This program must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version May 03, 2018 revision 023
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 26, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version May 03, 2018 revision 033
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 27, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

The following are features of Spyware.EmployeeWatch:

  • Logs keystrokes and programs executed
  • Captures screenshots
  • Record both sides of Yahoo, AIM, and ICQ instant messenger conversations.


When Spyware.EmployeeWatch runs, it performs the following actions:
  1. Creates the following files:

    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\uninstall-ew7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\Employee Watcher 8.63 Uninstaller.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\uninstall-kl7.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\uninstall-kl7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\Generic Installer Uninstaller.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\uninstall-ss47.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\Generic Installer Uninstaller.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\uninstall-imm70.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\Generic Install Uninstaller.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\uninstall-008.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\008 KLRemote Uninstaller.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\csrss.ex (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\initializer.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\smss.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\svchost.exe (Detected as Spyware.EmployeeWatch.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\uninstall.dat (Uninstaller data.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\Uninstall.exe (An uninstaller for the program.)
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\uninstall-kw7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\[USER NAME]\[USER NAME].dll
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\[USER NAME].usr
    • %Windir%\Generic Installer Uninstaller.exe
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\008.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ew7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\imm70.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\kl7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\kw7.dat
    • %SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ss47.dat


      Notes:
    • SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows (Windows 95/98/Me/XP) or C:\Winnt (Windows NT/2000).

  2. Creates the following legitimate files, if they are not already present on the computer:

    • %System%\ANSMTP.dll (A dll used for mail functionality.)
    • %System%\CapScrn.ocx (A screen capture utility from AXSoft.)
    • %System%\Dwshk36.ocx (A Desaware Spyworks Hook Control component.)
    • %System%\DWSPY36.DLL (A Desaware Spyworks Hook Control component.)
    • %System%\Msinet.ocx (An ActiveX component from Microsoft.)
    • %System%\PINGX.DLL (A dll to test connections on the network.)
    • %System%\Pingx.ocx (An ActiveX component to test connections on the network.)
    • %System%\Richtx32.ocx (An ActiveX component from Microsoft.)

      Note: These files are legitimate and may be used by other legitimate programs. Therefore they are not detected by Symantec antivirus products.

  3. Adds the values:

    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\csrss.ex"

    to the registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the Spyware runs every time Windows starts.

  4. Creates the following registry keys associated with the legitimate files in Step 2:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0468C950-83E2-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{22B4C8F5-A686-42CC-8224-E4817445109F}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{253664FB-EDFC-4AC6-BD69-B322F466AEED}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2C704DBB-9C46-11D1-B784-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{389B19B9-9A87-11D1-B77F-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3B7C8860-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{48E59293-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{48E59294-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{48E59295-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6E29B981-9C50-11D1-B784-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{6E29B982-9C50-11D1-B784-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{78E5A540-1850-11CF-9D53-00AA003C9CB6}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{855C49A7-9C3C-11D1-B784-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{8B8BB3A2-8576-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{AFC634B0-4B8B-11CF-8989-00AA00688B10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{DE5C2449-65D5-4413-BFCF-6BFCDF294665}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{0468C94F-83E2-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{0468C951-83E2-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{389B19B7-9A87-11D1-B77F-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{3B7C8862-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{3E3621C0-8635-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{48E59291-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{48E59292-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{68B8DCDB-EFA4-420A-BB8A-71B9892A2063}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{859321D0-3FD1-11CF-8981-00AA00688B10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{8B8BB3A1-8576-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{8B8BB3A3-8576-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A5F6C90C-ABE4-4C57-A421-8C5A202AA9F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{A834857C-9A90-11D1-B77F-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{AB14F05E-4C1D-49DC-8BD5-9E6B510B3EBA}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{B78B0E98-0431-4A6B-8C3D-F240FE8725F5}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{D937A3C0-8634-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{E9A5593C-CAB0-11D1-8C0B-0000F8754DA1}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{ED117630-4090-11CF-8981-00AA00688B10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{F7C1A3FA-C511-488A-B583-4F153B9368C4}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{0468C933-83E2-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{0468C941-83E2-11D3-BE51-00C0DFC2E32C}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{0A4AFE1D-F664-11D0-B649-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{1FAA49C4-16B7-4D28-8930-31BE1810D943}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{389B19AA-9A87-11D1-B77F-00001C1AD1F8}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{3B7C8863-D78F-101B-B9B5-04021C009402}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{48E59290-9880-11CF-9754-00AA00C00908}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{DE6317F7-6EF0-45C2-88D1-8E09415817F1}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ANSMTP.OBJ
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ANSMTP.OBJ.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\axsCaptureScrn.axsCapScreen
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Dwshk36.DwshkPropPage
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Dwshk36.DwshkPropPage.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.HookPage
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.HookPage.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.KeyList
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.KeyList.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.KeyPage
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.KeyPage.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.MsgList
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.MsgList.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.RegMsg
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.RegMsg.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.WinHook
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\dwshk36.WinHook.6
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InetCtls.Inet
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InetCtls.Inet.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.CPingXPropPage
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.CPingXPropPage.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.PingX
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.PingX.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.PingXCom
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Mabry.PingXCom.1
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RICHTEXT.RichtextCtrl
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RICHTEXT.RichtextCtrl.1

    Note: These registry subkeys may also be used by legitimate programs and should not be deleted.



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.EmployeeWatch 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 the subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  4. In the right pane, delete the values:

    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ew7\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kl7\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\ss47\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\imm70\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\008\csrss.ex"
    "WinUpdateProtection" = "%SystemDrive%\windowsupdate\ufp\kw7\csrss.ex"

  5. Exit the Registry Editor.