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Update ALCMTR.EXE listing

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#1 Shigoroku


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

ALCMTR.EXE monitors the state of your audio jacks (line/headphone/speaker) to display a selection dialog box when you plug or unplug devices. Simply because it monitors for these connect/disconnect events, someone seems to think it's "spyware" and wrote the following description with a matter-of-fact tone:

ALCMTR.EXE - Spyware file used surreptitiously to monitor one's actions. It is not a sinister one, like remote control programs, but is being used by Realtek to gather data about customers.


I have stumbled across this database entry multiple times over the years and it really bugs me. I seriously doubt the process uses the Internet in any way and cannot phone-home. If undesired behavior had been observed, shouldn't there be more information online? If someone observed it connecting to the Internet and phoning-home, what tools were used to detect it? Did this person inspect the packets? With no source, I am almost 100% certain that the "information" in the database entry is completely incorrect. Worse, users will actually lose functionality by disabling the startup entry.

Edited by Shigoroku, 29 January 2013 - 02:48 PM.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

Let's try and prove it. Send me a sample of the file to http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/submit-malware.php?channel=3

I will test it and let you know what i find.

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