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#1 Dawna1

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:05 PM

Hi,

I have just read an article about Win Spy Program, and thought I would check to see if it is on my computer. As you probably are well aware, it monitors a user's browsing activities, etc. I have Vista on a Compaq Pressario C700. I will be very specific. I clicked on START, and typed win spy in the search box. There up the top of the search result box was the word PROGRAM and right under it were the words win spy. I clicked on open file location, and that gets me into WINDOWS System 32. There in the column is the word win highlighted, and when I click on PROPERTIES, it is shown to be: MS-DOS Application (.com)
On the PROGRAM tab, there are the words: win.com and below that there is CMD LINE: C:\WINDOWS\System32\win.com There is also a Misc, Font, Security, Memory, Screen and Details tab. I won't include all the information, because I think what I provided is probably enough for someone who knows something about computers. I am concerned this may be the Win Spy program that I read about. If it is a legitimate part of the Vista system, maybe you could give me some idea as to its purpose.

I will be grateful for any help you can give me.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:10 PM

We can do a quick scan to find out
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Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.
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#3 johnnygoodnite

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 10:50 PM

i encountered the same thing and i was wondering the same!
i also have vista, and i notice theres no hyphen in the "win spy" msdos program present on my computer, but on the ads for the surveilware it is spelled "win-spy". still, i wonder what function "win spy" could have.

here's what my mbam log file showed:


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1512
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

12/17/2008 7:48:51 PM
mbam-log-2008-12-17 (19-48-51).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 46578
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 56 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)


absolutely nothing. could it be doing something to make mbam not detect it?

thanks!

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:08 AM

Dear Computer Masochist,

I thank you for the advice, which two weeks later I have finally followed it. Please forgive the delay.

I installed Malawarebytes, and updated and did a quick scan. Here are the results:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1513
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

12/18/2008 9:01:38 AM
mbam-log-2008-12-18 (09-01-38).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 47226
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 16 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

As you can see, nothing was detected. I am still a bit paranoid as to why my computer has something called win spy on it. Is there any legitimate thing in Vista by such a name?

Once again, I appreciate your help.

Dawna1

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:10 AM

First, enable Show Hidden Files:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-see-hidden-files-in-windows-vista/
If System Restore is on, turn it off and delete al of the old restore points
If you use Spybot S&D, make sure Teatimer is disabled

Mbam has release new definitions
Be sure to update mbam, run a full scan, and post the results
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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:03 PM

alright so i enabled the visibility of system files, updated the mbam database and ran a full scan, still it detects nothing. here's the log file


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.31
Database version: 1517
Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1

12/18/2008 6:01:24 PM
mbam-log-2008-12-18 (18-01-24).txt

Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|)
Objects scanned: 272026
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 9 minute(s), 37 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 11:58 PM

I don't have Vista but win.com is present in XP for backwards compatibility and is executed through NT Virtual DOS Machine used to emulate DOS for 16-bit applications. I suspect Vista has the same file but I can't find any info in a search. What is the date of the file? The XP version is dated the same as many other OS related files found in the same directory.

Anytime you come across a suspicious file for which you cannot find any information about, the file has a legitimate name but is not located where it is supposed to be, or you want a second opinion, submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis.
-- Post back with the results of the file analysis.

Win Spy Software is a stealth monitoring program that can both monitor your computer. It's often used by parents to monitor their children's Internet activity and email. Due to the nature of this type of software, it is often detected as a threat by anti-virus and anti-malware programs.
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