A researcher for Swiss security firm Modzero reports a program with keylogger-like features has been recording keystrokes on several HP laptops. The keylogger activity documented user keystrokes, then entered the information into a log file.
Modzero found keylogger activity in the Conexant HD audio driver package found on multiple HP business and enterprise laptop devices, including Elitebook, Probook and ZBook models, but it’s unknown at this time if consumer laptops are also affected.
Modzero explains the application monitors “all keystrokes made by the user to capture and react to functions such as microphone mute/unmute keys/hotkey.” Once keystrokes are captured, they’re entered into an unencrypted log file, but if they are not entered into a log file, there’s a chance of malware taking advantage of this application.
To uninstall this application, Modzero recommends deleting the “MicTray64.exe” application. HP and Conexant have not released a statement regarding the issue.