A keylogger is a software application designed for spying on your activities. These applications record keystrokes made on the keyboard and transmit this data to the developer of the key logger. This way sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and banking details can be obtained by hackers and used for nefarious purposes. Key loggers can also be used to keep track of the websites you visit, your online chat room conversations, etc. If you believe that someone is spying on you, you can check your computer for key loggers. Detecting key loggers is not very difficult. All you need is a good antivirus software application installed on your computer. This blog post, I will explain about ways to detect key loggers installed on your computer.
To detect software key loggers
Install a good antivirus application on your computer and conduct a thorough search. You can also install a good spyware removal tool such as Spybot Search & Destroy for detecting key loggers. Most key loggers can be detected by antivirus/anti-spyware scanners. If you detect any malicious applications on your computer using these scanners, simply delete them or quarantine them. These applications can no longer monitor their activities.
If you do not have a good antivirus software installed on your computer, you will be vulnerable to viruses and other nasties. For this reason, it is advisable to have a good antivirus software installed on your computer. You should also regularly update it with the latest virus signatures. I would recommend Avira and Avast. These are the best free antivirus scanners available today. It is also a good idea to purchase subscriptions to antivirus software because it will be more advantageous and beneficial in protecting your security.
There are also certain scanners designed specifically to detect and remove key loggers. Though not necessary, these can be a good option especially if you feel that you’re particularly vulnerable to spying. You can run a search in Google to find some good anti-key logger software. However, I personally feel that these are not necessary. A good antivirus scanner such as Avira or Avast will normally do the job.
To detect hardware key loggers
They are also hardware key loggers but these are rarely used. These are normally connected to the keyboard cord connecting to the computer. If you believe that someone might have installed a hardware key logger to track your activities, you can check the keyboard cord for a small cylindrical device. You find something that matches this description, just remove it and it will no longer be able to record your activities.