The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "SpyArsenal.Personal Desktop Spy" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:
  • spyware

Description:
Personal Desktop Spy runs hidden in background and regularly makes screenshots, which can be sent secretly by email.
Removal Instructions:

Installed Software List:

You can try to uninstall products with the names listed below; for items identified by other properties or to avoid malware getting active again on uninstallation, use Spybot-S&D or RunAlyzer to locate and get rid of these entries.
  • Products that have a key or property named "Personal Desktop Spy".

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\ Quick Start.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Help.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Personal Desktop Spy.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Spy Config.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Start Capture.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Stop and Exit.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Stop Capture.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Uninstall.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Links\Download lastest version.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Links\Mail to support.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Links\Program's home page.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Links\Registration.lnk".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa.cfg".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\DSA.chm".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa.exe".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa-config.bat".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa-exit.bat".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa-start.bat".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\dsa-stop.bat".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\license.txt".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\QuickStart.html".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\readme.txt".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Links\Download lastest version.url".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Links\Mail to support.url".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Links\Program's home page.url".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Links\Registration.url".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures\bat.ico".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures\config.ico".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures\monitor-off.bmp".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures\monitor-on.bmp".
  • The file at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures\quickstart.ico".
  • The file at "<$DESKTOP>\Personal Desktop Spy.lnk".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If SpyArsenal.Personal Desktop Spy uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMS>\Personal Desktop Spy\Links".
  • The directory at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA".
  • The directory at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Images".
  • The directory at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Links".
  • The directory at "<$SYSDIR>\DSA\Pictures".
Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If SpyArsenal.Personal Desktop Spy uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.
  • Delete the registry key "PersonalDesktopSpy" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\KMiNT21\".
If SpyArsenal.Personal Desktop Spy uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,
  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.