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#1 DrKevorkian


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Posted 19 January 2007 - 09:00 PM

Is the file SVKP.sys a legitimate file? It claims to be an "AntiCracking Driver" of sorts. I do not know if the file is corrupt, is spyware/malware, or is a necessary driver. Can someone clear this mess up, thank you.

1. The file is present on my computer
-- C:\WINDOWS\system32\SVKP.sys
2. A diverse mix of sites claims that the file is legitimate, while others also believe that it is dangerous and harmful.
3. Size - 2.31 KB
4. Date Created - 12/13/06 (December 13th)
5. Company - AntiCracking
6. Description - SVKP driver for NT
7. I run Windows XP

This is puzzling me because I can't seem to find an answer that is consistent and reaches a consensus of the proper action to follow.

Thank You.

PS: I apologize if this thread is a copy of another.

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#2 quietman7


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Posted 20 January 2007 - 08:11 AM

The presence of SVKP.SYS does not necessarily mean that this trojan is installed. SVKP.SYS is part of SVK Protector, which this trojan is packed with. SVK Protector is used in innocent programs as well.


SVK Protector is used for system protection/anti-piracy capabilities and installs the SVKP.SYS driver on your computer. But W32/Maibot-A will create SVKP.SYS and register it as a new system driver service set to run automatically at startup.

If you have not installed SVK Protector and cannot account for this file, then I would suspect it may be malware related, especially since SVKP.sys can be a Trojan/Rootkit componet of a Hacker Defender variant.

There are special tools to deal with removal but the first thing to do is investigate further by creating a hijackthis log. Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled "Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log". You may have performed some of these steps already. In step #9 there are instructions for downloading HijackThis and creating a log. (This is a self-extracting version which will automatically install HJT in the proper location.)

When you have done that, post your log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, NOT here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts. A member of the Team will walk you through, step by step, on how to clean your computer. If you post your log back in this thread, the response from the HJT Team will be delayed because your post will have to be moved. This means it will fall in line behind any others posted that same day.

Start a new topic, give it a relevant title and post your log along with a brief description of your problem, a summary of any anti-malware tools you have used and a summary of any steps that you have performed on your own. Please include the top portion of the HijackThis log that lists version information. An expert will analyze your log and reply with instructions advising you what to fix.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

If after 5 days you still have received no response, then post a link to your HJT log here.

After posting a log you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc.) unless advised by a HJT Team member. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show it the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make may cause confusion for the member assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.
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