RiskWare.MicTray

Short bio

RiskWare.MicTray is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a keylogger that can be found in certain HP audio drivers.

Symptoms

Users of an affected system may see a Scheduled Task starting MicTray64.exe or MicTray.exe.

Source and type of infection

Riskware, in general, is a detection for items that are not strictly malicious but pose some risk for the user in another way. The keylogger is part of the driver set for Conexant audio chips and could come pre-installed on some HP systems or could have been added later as part of a separate driver installation. The program monitors all keystrokes made by the user to capture and react to functions such as microphone mute/unmute keys/hotkeys.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from RiskWare.MicTray by using real-time protection.

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Exclusion

Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.

The Exclusions tab includes a list of items to be excluded from scans. The items may include files, folders, websites, or applications that connect to the Internet, as well as previously detected exploits.

To access the exclusions in Malwarebytes:

  • Click on the Settings tab in the left pane.
  • Click on the Exclusions tab.
  • Click the Add Exclusion button.
  • Select the exclusion type Exclude a File or Folder and use the Browse button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary folder(s) that belong to the software.
  • If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, add an exclusion of the type Exclude an application that Connects to the Internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

Traces/IOCs

Files:

C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log
C:\Windows\System32\MicTray64.exe or C:\Windows\System32\MicTray.exe

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