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13 February 2007
Publisher: - KMiNT21 Software
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Spyware.DesktopSpy is a spyware program that captures screenshots at a predefined interval. This spyware can run in stealth mode.


One or more files are detected as Spyware.DesktopSpy.


Spyware.DesktopSpy must be manually installed on your computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 07 May 2019 revision 006
  • Initial Daily Certified version 02 May 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version 07 May 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 02 May 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

The installer program, which is also detected as Spyware.DesktopSpy, must install Spyware.DesktopSpy. The installation path is configurable, and the default path is %System%\DSA.

Note: %System% is a variable. The Spyware.DesktopSpy locates the System folder and copies itself to that location. By default, this is C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me), C:\Winnt\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP).

When the Spyware.DesktopSpy runs, it does the following:
  1. Creates and adds the subkeys to the registry key:


  2. If the option to load this program at Windows startup is set, it will add the value:


    to the registry key:


  3. Saves screenshots to %System%\DSA\Images\ at a predefined interval.

The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Uninstall Spyware.DesktopSpy using the uninstall Programs utility.
  3. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected as Spyware.DesktopSpy.
  4. Delete the value that was added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.

2. To uninstall the Spyware
  1. Click Start > Programs > Personal Desktop Spy > Uninstall.
  2. Click the Uninstall button and follow any prompts.

3. To scan for and delete the files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected as Spyware.DesktopSpy, click Delete.

  • If your Symantec antivirus product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, write down the path and file name. Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.
  • If you uninstalled the program as described in the previous section, all the files may have been removed, and thus none of them will be detected.
4. To delete the value from the registry

WARNING: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified keys only. Read the document, "How to make a backup of the Windows registry ," for instructions.

Note: This is done to make sure that all the keys are removed. They may not be there if the uninstaller removed them.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (The Run dialog box appears.)

  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK. (The Registry Editor opens.)

  3. Navigate to the key:


  4. In the right pane, delete the value:


  5. Delete the following key:


  6. Exit the Registry Editor.