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    by amateur_82 ·

    Good Morning,

    How do you identify if there is a keylogger software to your PC office or at any other public PC?

    And if it is not easy to spot these softwares, how can you protect yourself, especially when you are using your credit card and you suspect that there might be a keylogger installed?

    Thanks in advance for your time

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    • #2567656


      by amateur_82 ·

      In reply to Keyloggers


    • #2567645


      by alrocky69 ·

      In reply to Keyloggers

      Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2008 is a very good tool to detect and remove spyware. I use it both in corporate and personal environments and can tell you it worked out nicely. You can also have a look to the web Trend Micro engine to remove those threats. The link is and it is free though.

      • #2984143

        Not to argue, but…..

        by robo_dev ·

        In reply to Spyware

        I have Trend on several PCs at home, and have found it to be very poor at catching viruses and spyware.

        I now use PC Tools Spyware Doctor as my anti-spyware (along with Trend for viruses).

        In the past year, PC Tools has detected at least six nasty viruses or spyware apps (such as the horrible vundo) that Trend has blissfully ignored. I plan to switch to PC Tools Anti-virus and chuck the half-dozen Trend licenses.

        I also use AVAST on some PCs, with good results so far.

    • #2567644

      One rather obvious sensible answer …

      by older mycroft ·

      In reply to Keyloggers

      DO NOT USE a public PC or an office PC to buy online.

      Of course, sometimes the ‘keylogger’ isn’t installed on the local machine – it may exist anywhere down the chain of online network connections.

      Alternately, my Bank has issued me with a card scanner that rather resembles a small calculator.

      My cards slot into this device and all online transactions involve answering a formulaic question by typing into the scanner with the card inserted – the LCD then gives me a series of characters that I input as authorisation.

      This authorisation code, once used, is from then on invalid. This is supposed to be a keylogger defence.

      Such is life! 😉

    • #2567573

      check the Task Manager

      by nepenthe0 ·

      In reply to Keyloggers

      Antispyware should block keylogger spyware. There may be keylogger spyware that can evade antispyware programs, however. The FBI has a secret ‘Magic Lantern’ keylogger program to determine private keys for encrypted files (theoretically, the FBI must obtain a warrant from a federal court based upon ‘probable cause’).

      I recommend that you open the Task Manager (Ctrl-Shft-Esc for Windows XP operating systems) each session and familiarize yourself with the running processes. To determine the process, see:

      If you spot something unfamiliar, and ProcessLibrary cannot identify it, worry about spyware, and guide yourself accordingly.

      Rick/Portland, OR USA

      • #2984133

        Not to argue but…..

        by robo_dev ·

        In reply to check the Task Manager

        Any well-behaved keystoke logger is going to hide the process, hook itself to another process (winlogin.exe, explorer.exe) so you are not going to see it. Even the really dumb ones do things like naming themselves similar to other processes.

        Over the years I’ve seen many, many viruses and keystroke loggers that evade or even actively disable AV/anti-spyware programs. Some do things like patching explorer.exe in memory, installing a hacked version of IE, or similar shenanigans.

        I’ve done some investigative work using the eBlaster app which, at the time, was ignored by AV and anti-spyware vendors as a legit program. It ran as a hidden process, and unless somebody was really, really good, they could not spot that program on the PC.

    • #2974962

      How do you identify

      by unknownneversay ·

      In reply to Keyloggers

      in my office chief instal KeyBag keylogger on my Mac, i see which process was not…

    • #2843886

      you can turn to their live support for help.

      by julietn ·

      In reply to Keyloggers
      you can turn to their live support for help.

    • #2902061

      how to detect a keylogger

      by susanal ·

      In reply to Keyloggers

      Open the Task Manager by holding the Control and Alt keys and pressing Delete. Check the “Tasks” and “Processes” tabs for any suspicious or unfamiliar program names. Research any suspect programs online.

      Select the “Run” function from your computer’s Start menu. Enter “msconfig” to open your computer’s start-up configuration menu. Key loggers that evade your Task Manager may not be able to avoid this menu. Research any strange or unexpected start-up programs.

      Download a reputable antivirus program if you cannot detect a key logger, or are unsure if you have found one. Many antivirus programs are updated regularly to combat new, evolved key logger programs. Select your antivirus software carefully as some programs contain viruses. Hundreds of free key logger detection programs are available online

      Read more: How to Detect a Key Logger |

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