Spyware.

Short bio

“Spyware.” is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a category of malware that gathers information on the affected system and sends them to a threat actor. To learn more about spyware, read our related blog content.

Type and source of infection

Spyware is malicious software that affects your PC or mobile device, gathering information about you, your browsing, and Internet usage habits as well as other data.

Aftermath

In case you discover the presence of active spyware on your system or device after you have cleaned your system, think about contacting your financial institutions to warn them of potentially fraudulent activity. Depending on the compromised information on your affected device, especially if it is connected to a business or enterprise network, you may be required by law to report breaches to law enforcement and/or make a public disclosure. If the stolen information is sensitive in nature or involves the collection and transmission of images, audio, and/or video, you should contact local law-enforcement agencies to report potential violations of federal and state laws.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from spyware by using real-time protection and by blocking access to known spyware C&C servers.

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove spyware 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.

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