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Spyware.HTEmployeeMon

Spyware.HTEmployeeMon

Updated:
November 05, 2012
Name:
HT Employee Monitor
Publisher:
Hidetools.com
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

Spyware.HTEmployeeMon is a spyware program that records various information of user activity on the computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 22, 2016 revision 004
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 25, 2012 revision 001
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 22, 2016 revision 025
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 31, 2012
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
This program must be manually installed.

When the program is executed, it creates the following folders:
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HT Employee Monitor

Next, it creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"wmime" = "%Program Files%\HEM\wmime.exe /STARTUP"


It then creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM\help.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM\ijl15.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM\setalc.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM\uninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\HEM\wmime.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HT Employee Monitor\HT Employee Monitor Help.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HT Employee Monitor\HT Employee Monitor.lnk

Next, it creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Hidetools
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Hidetools\Common Data
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HT
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HT\Common Data

The spyware program may then record the following information:
  • Event and application logging
  • Keystrokes
  • Screenshots
  • Websites visited

The program may then send the recorded information to a remote location.
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.


FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.