Some HP machines have a keylogger installed with the Audio Driver

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  1. Posts : 34,046
    Win 7 32, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 64 Pro, Win 10 64 Education Edition
       #10

    HP rolls out patch to stop keylogging bug in some laptops


    Consumers with HP laptops that have been accidentally recording their keystrokes can easily address the problem with a patch from the PC maker.

    More than two dozen HP laptop models, including the EliteBook, ProBook and ZBook, have an bug in the audio driver that will act as a keylogger, a Swiss security firm said Thursday. A list of affected products can be found here.
    HP rolls out patch to stop keylogging bug in some laptops | PCWorld
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  2. Posts : 50
    W10 Pro 64, version 20H2
       #11

    Brink said:
    My HP Envy notebook YDF94AV had this log file.
    As did mine. The wife and I both have an HP Envy 15T Notebook and they both had that log, as well as the mictray64.exe.
    The list they produced of affected models didn't list the Envy, but the stuff was in there anyway.
    I discovered the issue when Kaspersky began complaining about it. I deleted both the log and the mictray64.exe in both computers. Since then I read that HP has produced a patch.
    Thanks a lot HP. GRRR
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  4. Posts : 50
    W10 Pro 64, version 20H2
       #13

    I had deleted mictray64.exe and the log it used, but now Windows Update just installed an update replacing mictray64.exe along with a mictray64.xml.
    As far as I can tell it didn't replace the log unless it put it in another location.
    Is this a WU fix or is WU just replacing garbage with more garbage?
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  5. Posts : 333
    Windows 10 Pro
       #14

    Does anyone know if the latest Conexant ISST Audio Driver, released by HP 12 Feb 2019 (as well as earlier updates) has REMOVED the accidental keylogger. I just bought a nice used HP Elitebook 840 G3 and downloaded the 12 Feb 2019 driver and checked that it Is in fact the one shown in Device Manager, and installed today (Properties).

    I checked C:\Users\Public\ and there is NO MicTray.log

    Problem or not?
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  6. Posts : 11,203
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #15

    Hi there

    most of these "keyloggers" are usually detected with any sensible sort of AV software including WD.

    In any case I suppose if you were using a keyboard with a different language to English - especially one that's hardly spoken by more than around 300,000 people world wide I'm not sure whether or not the "hacker" would even bother and would probably move on to "The next Victim". With double byte type of character sets (some Thai languages possibly ??) the problem would be even more problematical for a "would be hacker".

    The more insidious way of "getting at user data" is to have something like a portable router / access point and set it up in a place which has public wifi. By making the SSID of your "access point" as near to the name of the public one you might fool a few people to logon to your network and then you can do whatever malevolent stuff you want.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. Posts : 333
    Windows 10 Pro
       #16

    Of course. Not only not English and with a non-English keyboard, but I use KIS with Defender on Periodic Scanning plus occasionally running MSRT, or as MS now names it, MRT.

    NEVER found any intrusions and KIS has saved me from quite a few nasty sites by blocking them and warning me.

    I get Internet ONLY via the cellular data network, have WiFi disabled (not just "off") and absolutely refuse to get a "hot-spot" router (mainly to reduce electrosmog). I also on-purpose have an ancient Nokia StupidPhone which is NOT Internet-capable, keep it well away from me and mainly use it for SMS.

    I have long ago determined that most electrosmog is in the frequency-range our brains (as well as most vertebrates) use and am sure that it thereby interferes with brain function, importantly those areas affecting the immune system. So that easily explains the greatly increased cancer rate of cows living below high-frequency high-voltage power lines which are are "too far" for direct effects of the radiation on the body ... yet do have more cancer overall. As a heuristic analogy: try concentrating, relaxing, and meditating (going into Alpha, the standard way to communicate with and/or re-set subconscious brain ftns.) at a 100+ dB Rave event! To say nothing of thinking clearly (Beta).
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  8. Posts : 760
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #17

    OT but I just had to.

    'high-frequency high-voltage power lines'


    Never heard of them. AC power transmission is LF only, either 50 or 60 Hz (predominantly).
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  9. Posts : 1,599
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #18

    Airider said:
    Does anyone know if the latest Conexant ISST Audio Driver, released by HP 12 Feb 2019 (as well as earlier updates) has REMOVED the accidental keylogger. I just bought a nice used HP Elitebook 840 G3 and downloaded the 12 Feb 2019 driver and checked that it Is in fact the one shown in Device Manager, and installed today (Properties).

    I checked C:\Users\Public\ and there is NO MicTray.log

    Problem or not?
    open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), expand the Sound, video and game controllers section, click on the Conexant audio device to view its Properties and click on the Driver tab to display the version number.

    Need to know what version of the Conexant audio driver you have installed on your HP Elitebook 840.
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  10. Posts : 333
    Windows 10 Pro
       #19

    OT too


    krzemien said:
    OT but I just had to.

    Never heard of them. AC power transmission is LF only, either 50 or 60 Hz (predominantly).
    Study was done in decades ago in Europe and at the time referred to them that way; EU rules cover other frequencies as well, and things have likely changed since then re: allowable transmission line frequencies.

    Anyway, 50 - 60 Hz IS well within the operating frequencies of higher-order animal brain re: transmission along axons. And re: EMR, it is the information frequency, not necessarily the carrier wave freq. that can interfere with brain function. This is part of normal brain function, explaining why this happens:

    YouTube

    The neural vision pathways for color and contrast are close enough to allow interference as in the old days when a vacuum cleaner could interfere with the TV screen.
    Last edited by Airider; 22 Jul 2019 at 12:46.
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