PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger

Short bio

PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger is a commercial system monitor application distributed by Ardamax Software. PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may have the capabilities to harvest stored credentials, keystrokes, screenshots, network activity, and more from computers where the software is installed. PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may covertly monitor user behavior and harvest personally identifiable information including names and passwords, keystrokes from emails, chat programs, websites visited, and financial activity.

PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may be capable of the covert collection of screenshots, video recordings, or the ability to activate any connected camera or microphone. Collected information may be stored locally and later retrieved, or may be transmitted to an online service or location.

Symptoms

PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may run as a start-up entry and may be visible as running processes on compromised machines. Alternatively, PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may be configured in a manner which prevents visible processes and start-up entries.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger may be distributed using various methods. This software may be packaged with free online software, or could be disguised as a harmless program and distributed by email. Alternatively, this software may be installed by an individual with physical or remote access to the computer.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from the installation of PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger.

Malwarebytes detects and removes PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeylogger.

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove many PUP.OptionalArdamaxKeylogger infections without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/29/18
Scan Time: 1:26 AM
Log File: 836af190-3322-11e8-b7a5-00ffc8517b86.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.4.4.2398
Components Version: 1.0.322
Update Package Version: 1.0.4530
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: DE-WIN7\Fwiplayer

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 295929
Threats Detected: 23
Threats Quarantined: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 23 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger.Generic, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.EXE, No Action By User, [7308], [260508],1.0.4530

Module: 9
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger.Generic, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.EXE, No Action By User, [7308], [260508],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530

Registry Key: 1
PUP.Optional.MyFreeze, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\Freeze.com, No Action By User, [1162], [241027],1.0.4530

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger.Generic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|WYF START, No Action By User, [7308], [260508],1.0.4530

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 11
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger.Generic, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.EXE, No Action By User, [7308], [260508],1.0.4530
PUP.Optional.ArdamaxKeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.01, No Action By User, [3611], [105271],1.0.4530
Trojan.FakeAlert.ED, C:\PROGRAMDATA\8EBFD9A4-2408-0000-0330-000029BF7D2A\8EBFD9A4-2408-0000-0330-000029BF7D2A.EXE, No Action By User, [9826], [278408],1.0.4530
Spyware.KeyLogger, C:\PROGRAMDATA\WYF\WYF.02, No Action By User, [3808], [355174],1.0.4530

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

(end)

Traces/IOCs

You may see these entries in FRST logs:
Аrdamаx Kеylogger 4.8 (HKLM-x32\…\Аrdamаx Kеylogger 4.8) (Version: – )
Task: {1D06B30C-1069-485B-B573-12E9F1CAC900} – \WPD\SqmUpload_S-1-5-21-2165681608-3755637219-621560601-1000 -> No File <==== ATTENTION
() C:\ProgramData\WYF\WYF.exe
() C:\ProgramData\WYF\Viewer.exe

Associated files:
setup (password=ardamax).exe

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