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#1 peterlonz

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 11:32 PM

Seems most AV's don't do a very good job of detecting or preventing key-logger activity.

At least that's what I read.

So from the many anti-keyloggers that prevent rather than remove, which can be recommended.

Preferably free.

My current AV's:

On demand: Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Zemana, SuperASW

Active: Avira

My OS is Windows 10 (64).

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:52 AM

There are a lot of keyloggers that are legal, legitimate software. Anti-malware programs purposely ignore them, I've tried to ask if there's a program specifcally for detecting keyloggers no matter the source, because legal keyloggers are often abused, but I have yet to find an answer.

Edited by Evolution13, 15 October 2017 - 10:53 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2017 - 02:44 PM

Not sure if this addresses the question, but I tried this some time ago out of curiosity, it takes some steps described in the downloaded (safe) utility:

https://www.komando.com/downloads/482/find-out-if-programs-are-recording-your-every-keystroke/all
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 03:47 PM

Keyloggers are surveillance software programs known for monitoring your keystrokes, capturing information and transmitting what they capture over your Internet connection. However, some keyloggers can capture screens and take snapshots while others may turn on video/audio recorders and transmit that information.

As noted by Evolution13, not all keyloggers are malicious or dangerous. Many keylogging, surveillance and monitoring programs can have legitimate uses in contexts where an authorized user, business IT tech, employer or administrator has knowingly installed them.

  • Keyloggers can be used by system administrators to troubleshoot networks.
  • Keyloggers can be used by employers to monitor employees, track performance and ensure they are abiding by company policies.
  • Keyloggers can be used by law enforcement to analyze and track incidents linked to the use of computers subject to an ongoing investigation.

Even a parent may use a keylogging program to record their children's online activities or a suspicious spouse might install one to keep track of their partner. It's the misuse of a keylogger (and similar software tools) that makes it's action malicious rather than the keylogger itself. Thus, security scanners may not detect all types of keylogging programs.

When legitimate keylogging programs are detected by anti-virus or anti-malware scanners, they are typically identifid as a "risk Tool" or "suspicious" due to its functionality, behavior and potential misuse by others. Anti-virus scanners cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert you, automatically remove them or in some cases may just ignore the keylogger due to the possibility of legal issues resulting from detecting a legitimate program.

Zemana AntiLogger offers keystroke logging protection with real-time protection and more.

 


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:49 AM

If Zemana was mentioned it's time to say about SpyShelter

https://www.spyshelter.com/


Edited by ichito, 16 October 2017 - 02:50 AM.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:24 PM

If Zemana was mentioned it's time to say about SpyShelter

https://www.spyshelter.com/

And from all those mentioned, Spyshelter is the best one in my opinion (and my tests).



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 10:45 PM

Zemana is not great mainly because the GUI is so simple & it is not primarily an anti-keylogger.

AFAIK Zemana is also an on demand product.

Spyshelter free is no longer available so even if it is "better", there is a price to pay.

Maybe anti-keyloggers are not considered so important in the overall security picture?



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:09 AM

I personally have never found the need to use any Anti-Keylogger tools. However, I see nothing wrong if someone wants to add keystroke protection software to their security tool kit.

A couple more tools to consider.
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