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Will newly-installed encryption software work if a keylogger is in my PC?

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#1 Irenikon


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 12:12 AM

I have good reason to believe my ex has managed to get a keylogger into my Windows 10 machine. Whether or not she did is not my question, so with respect, please let's not debate that. I don't mean to be rude, but a thread I started on another forum got totally mired in this aspect of the situation and I never got a decent answer to my actual question, which is pretty simple.


I'm wondering this, straight up: If I install encryption software and I change all my passwords, will the keylogger still be able to read and transmit keystroke data to the perp? 

Scrubbing my machine down to factory settings and rebuilding would be a major ordeal for all I have on it, not to mention for what money I have available right now (to pay a pro to do it, or if I do it myself and something goes awry). If I can avoid doing this, I'd rather for now. 


Thanks in advance.  :thumbup2:








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#2 dinotech-stjames


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Posted 24 February 2017 - 02:43 AM

If the keylogger is operational, it will be able to record your passwords.

Some keyloggers are more sophisticated than others, and will try to outline account credentials, while some leave it to the user to make sense of it all. No one would be able to access the encrypted files, unless they have the password to your encryption key. 


I hope that's enough to answer your question. Regardless of the circumstances, the best thing is to get rid of it, no if's, and's, or but's.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 06:43 PM

Irenikon....welcome to BC...


It would be a better idea to find and remove the keylogger...if it exists. Use the programs below to clean, remove malware and remove adware.


Use CCleaner to remove Temporary files, program caches, cookies, logs, etc. Use the Default settings. No need to use the

Registry Cleaning Tool...risky. Pay close attention while installing and UNcheck offers of toolbars....especially Google.

After install, open CCleaner and run by clicking on the Run Cleaner button in the bottom right corner.

CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download


  • download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-1878.1878- and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
  • The Scan log is available throughout History ->Application logs. Please post it contents in your next reply.

Download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your desktop.

  • Close all open programs and internet browsers.
  • Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  • Click on Scan button.
  • When the scan has finished click on Clean button.
  • Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  • Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
  • You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S1].txt as well.
  • download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
  • Shut down your protection software now to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8; instead of double-clicking, right-mouse click JRT.exe and select "Run as Administrator".
  • The tool will open and start scanning your system.
  • Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system's specifications.
  • On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
  • Post the contents of JRT.txt into your next message

download Zemana AntiMalware and install it

  • Run the application
  • Click "Next" and then Scan
  • When the scan has finished click Next to remove any threats.
  • Click the bars in the top right corner to display the logs, double click your log
  • copy and paste the log into your reply
  • Please download Security Check by glax24 and save the file to the Desktop
  • Run the tool by accepting all the Security prompts
  • when complete the tool will produce a log file C:\SecurityCheck\SecurityCheck.txt and also copy the contents to the Clipboard
  • Simply Paste the log to your reply

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