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Is There a Way to Detect a Physical KeyLogger on My Computer?


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:26 PM

If someone physically installed a keylogger device on my computer, is there a physical record of its presence?  Would it be listed as hardware or perhaps a service, and if so, what sort of names would I be looking for?

 

I had my computer repaired by a guy who is working in the computer field.  I think his day job is programming.  Anyway, I had a bad hinge on my laptop and he was recommended to me.

 

I've been experiencing strange behavior on my computer.  He repaired it more than six months ago, but when I started feeling uncomfortable and suspected he might have messed with my computer I reinstalled Windows (7) and I'm still having issues.  I've scanned with AVG and Malwarebytes and the report comes back clean.

 

First off he didn't charge me, which I found very odd.  He just wanted me to submit a review on some professional website.  I found that very odd that he didn't charge me.

 

After the repair, I learned that he rifles through customer's computers and has in the past found kiddie porn on some guy's computer and he reported him to the police.  I don't have kiddie (or any) porn on my computer but I'm thinking he might not be the most scrupulous person to be doing business with.  On top of that, I get a very unsettled feeling about him in general after talking to him for a while.

 

Some of the odd behavior includes:

 

1.  When I sign into my email account, the computer screen switches to my normal desktop view and then reapirs. 

2.  I have had to change my password three times in the past six weeks on one forum I visit, a photography site.

3.  Today I tried logging into my main email account and when I hit the fourth character, I was kicked out of the entry box.  I was able to get in by typing the password in Notepad and enter it by copy/paste (and then changed my password immediately.)

4.  I taped cardboard over the laptop camera lens.  He moved that tape and exposed the lens.

 

I need to know if I can detect a keylogger from the computer or do I have to take it in and have it physically examined?  And if there s a keylogger attached, can I take any legal actions against this individual?  IF he did install something, I would leave it there untouched for fingerprints.

 

Windows 7 Laptop.



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