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Mon, Aug 11, 2008 3:01 pm

Windows Defender Detected Activity Monitor File

I performed a full scan of my HP laptop with Windows Defender after updating its definitions today to definition version: 1.4.172.0 created on 8/7/2008 at 4:00 AM.

Windows Defender Version:  1.1.1593.0
Engine Version: 1.1.3807.0
Definition Version:  1.41.172.0

Windows Defender found two items it gave a "medium" alert level. I instructed it to ignore both, since they were false positives. The first was for a download of the Activity Monitor program, which is in a "downloads" folder, but isn't installed on the system. The second occurred because SpySweeper updated the C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file on 12/18/2006 to block nefarious sites.

NameAlert level
MonitoringTool:Win32/ActivityMonitorMedium
SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijackMedium

MonitoringTool:Win32/ActivityMonitor

Category:
Monitoring Software

Description:
This program monitors user activity, such as keystrokes typed.

Advice:
Review the alert details to see why the software was detected. If you do not like how the software operates or if you do not recognize and trust the publisher, consider blocking or removing the software.

Resources:
file:
C:\Documents and Settings\JDoe\My Documents\Downloads\activmon39full.zip->amagent39.exe

containerfile:
C:\Documents and Settings\JDoe\My Documents\Downloads\activmon39full.zip

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SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack

Category:
Settings Modifier

Description:
This program has potentially unwanted behavior.

Advice:
Review the alert details to see why the software was detected. If you do not like how the software operates or if you do not recognize and trust the publisher, consider blocking or removing the software.

Resources:
file:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

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Sun, May 06, 2007 4:57 pm

Activity Monitor Detection

When I scanned a system that had the monitoring portion of Activity Monitor installed, i.e. the system was the one doing the monitoring, with various antivirus and antispyware programs, Spybot Search & Destroy and Windows Defender reported its presence.

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