Finding out if a keylogger is installed on your computer

by on February 18, 2010

Q: Is there anyway for me to figure out if someone with access to my computer has downloaded an installed keylogging software?

A: The first thing we need to realize is that most keylogging software is meant to be installed and be completely hidden. This means if you follow these instructions and you find nothing you should be aware that there is still a chance that there is keylogging software running. So if you are worried that someone might know what you are doing on your computer then chances are you probably should not be doing it in the first place.

The first place we will start is by opening up the task manager. There are a few ways to do this but the easiest way is to right click on any open spot on your task bar and then select “Task Manager” from the menu that appears. You will want to look at each running process to see if anything odd shows up. Chances are you might not know what a process is so you might want to checkout or just search google for the name to see what you can find about it.

The next step is you can install a program to search for keyloggers. One such program is KL-Detector. It is pretty straight forward. You download KL-Detector and it runs while you do your stuff. It then monitors any changes made to the system as you type. The idea is that if something is logging what you type it must store the information some where so any file that gets updated could possibly be related to a keylogger. It will not uninstall the keylogger for you but it will certainly help you find possible keyloggers on your system.

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