Thanks! You have me thinking about this keylogger thing, though. Is there some kind of software that would prevent keyloggers from knowing what a person types? I did a Hitman Pro trial once and noticed some sort of encryption action happening when I was online, but not when I am creating documents in Word, etc. Is there something that can do that? Not that I ever do anything nefarious but now that I know what keyloggers are and what they can do I would like to be protected just in case. I swear I'll wrap this up soon. I'm really enjoying taking in all this new knowledge. I'm sorry I started a spat with my question!
Edit: And is there something that can do this on a Mac as well?
Reputed, top level anti virus solutions like kaspersky and bitdefender are really good at detecting keyloggers. Avoid the free ones because the only way they sustain themselves is by selling your personal data and are generally not as good as kaspersky/bitdefender when it comes to the detection ratio. I tested kaspersky and bitdefender against keyloggers, both of them detected the 3 keyloggers I had but the thing that scared me was that... I've been using kaspersky internet security for 4 years and it failed to remove one of those keyloggers even though it detected it. One keylogger was still functioning fine even though I disinfected it with kaspersky and rebooted my PC. As far as the detection ratio goes, I agree with all the online reports out there, nothing beats bitdefender... It has been on top for almost 5 years now. You should go with bitdefender if you want the best anti virus security.
Other than that, there are programs which encrypt your keystrokes as you've mentioned. Kaspersky does that too, when you input on a password field. A secure input notice pops up letting you know that your keystrokes are being protected. If you search for best anti keylogger program, the name that you'll end up with is..Spyshelter premium. Although it is marketed as an anti keylogger, it's not actually an anti keylogger in the sense that it doesn't detect the presence of a keylogger. It's more of UAC on steroids. If any program wants to access your camera/microphone, record keyboard input/clipboard, Spyshelter will pop-up a dialog box asking if you want to allow that program to do that. When I installed it on my PC, i saw a bunch of system programs and user programs alike asking me all kinds of permissions. i tried to deny all of them but it led to chrome absolutely refusing to launch. So you can't deny all permissions just like that. The problem with this system is that some keyloggers are really good as masquerading themselves as system processes, so when that keylogger will ask the permission to record input, the user will unknowingly allow it. If you want added protection, you can install spyshelter premium along with the anti virus when windows is in a 'clean' state, open up programs which you regularly use and allow all permissions which they ask. So let's say, a month later if you get infected by a keylogger, you will see an unknown program ask an additional permission out of no where, thus you would know that it's a keylogger. I'm glad you're curious about keyloggers just like I was 2 weeks ago, I'm more than happy to share my knowledge.
My reasoning is this.
We may as well counsel her to scan for
- choose your infection to randomly scan for.
- just keep scanning with tools we like because we can.
Your point is invalid because we don't need 10 different programs to scan for 10 different kinds of infections. One good antivirus program can take care of all of them. Some two weeks ago I was in the same scenario as Op (being paranoid about keyloggers) and when I searched for anti keylogging solutions...One name came up everywhere..MalwareBytes. Not just bleepingcomputer, I saw it's name on almost every security forum that came up in the search results. Even the op performed a malwarebytes scan because it's that popular. So I decided to install 3 different keyloggers on a virtual machine and did a malwarebytes scan. Nope, none of them were detected. Most people obviously read stuff on the internet and believe them without testing it even though they are perfectly capable of doing that. I understand that, thus I performed a test of my own and concluded that norton power eraser was sufficiently quick and powerful enough to detect 'remote tracking' activity. Now I try to share that info here to help others so that they don't have to go through the same testing process, but it seems somebody has a problem with that for 'whatever reasons'. I need you to understand that my recommendations are not some generic reply off from a quick 5 minute google search, but after 3 days of multiple hours testing. I've joined this forum just recently and won't be as regular as you are...if you are going to tell every future person who comes to this forum looking for help to not do anything based on a one week scenario they explain in this forum without knowing what the user might have done 1,2,3 months ago or if he/she has given access of his/her laptop long while ago to a friend/family...I can only hope they don't end up with serious loss of privacy/data. Peace.
Edited by downloaderfan, 17 February 2017 - 01:17 PM.