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Keystroke Loggers

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by bob627, Jun 17, 2005.

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  1. bob627

    bob627 Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2003
    Is there a way to detect and/or remove a keystroke logger program from a computer.?
    Thank You.
  2. vespaguy


    Jun 15, 2005
  3. Scorpion


    Jun 13, 2005
    Spybot S&D kills most loggers too. And it's free.

  4. john2004


    May 29, 2004
    Hi everyone,

    Regarding Keylogger Killer from www.tooto.com mentioned in this thread, is there anyway to check that this program works or is actually doing something ? I downloaded the trial but it has not set off any alarms whatsoever since I installed it. It seems to have no help file and an email to the site has gone unanswered.

    Does the program automatically and continuously scan as soon as it is started ? It has a scan button, but when I click on the scan button, nothing happens. The program is only like 56KB in size, I just wonder if it is actually working :)

    I was going to see if keylogger killer could detect the free lite keylogger at http://www.blazingtools.com/ which they claim is undectable, however I scaned it with AntiVir and it said it had a trojan in it, but considering that it was indeed a keylogger, perhaps that's the reason for the AntiVir anti-virus alarm & it's safe to install. I whish there was some safe way to test keylogger killer and just see that it is doing something.

  5. MN_N8VTech


    Jun 6, 2001
    Maybe you should state your intention. Are you wanting to actually keep a keylogger on a machine and not have it detected? or get rid of one? Just to make it easier to help you.
  6. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi bob627,

    You can read a good paper about keyloggers at the Security Focus website:
    Introduction to Spyware Keyloggers: http://www.securityfocus.com/infocus/1829
    talks about three different kinds of keyloggers:
    1) hardware keyloggers
    2) Software using a hooking mechanism
    3) kernel/driver keyloggers

    and how to avoid keystroke capture with such techniques as using a virtual keyboard approach - I think Microsoft has a virtual keyboard for download at its website or part of the OS.

    To prevent keyloggers there are:
    1) signature based anti-keyloggers
    2) hook based anti-keyloggers

    The best strategy is to have software in-place that detects the attempted installation of a keylogger in order to prevent it in the first place. Hardware keyloggers and kernel/driver keyloggers are a different matter altogether. HIPS abbreviation used below means Host Intrusion Prevention System.

    I use SnoopFree. UnHackMe is the preferred tool used by security experts if you have already been hacked to my knowledge. Here is a list of both free/paid anti-keyloggers:

    Snoopfree Privacy Shield: http://www.snoopfree.com/default.htm (free)
    UnhackMe: http://www.greatis.com/unhackme/ (paid)

    ProcessGuard: http://www.diamondcs.com.au/ (paid) (HIPS)
    AntiHook: http://www.infoprocess.com.au/antihook.php (HIPS)
    OnlineArmor: http://www.tallemu.com/index.php?area=home (HIPS)

    Anti-keylogger6.1: http://majorgeeks.com/Anti-keylogger_d2125.html
    Advanced anti-keylogger: http://www.anti-keylogger.net/
    Anti-keyloggerElite: http://www.remove-trojan.com/

    RegDefend: http://www.ghostsecurity.com/index.php?page=regdefend (paid)
    Keylogger Hunter: http://www.styopkin.com/kkeylogger_hunter.html (paid)
    KeyloggerKiller: http://www.tooto.com/keyloggerkiller/ (15day trial)
    KeyloggerKiller6.2: http://www.anti-keyloggers.com/ (heuristic)
    Anti-Spy.Info: http://www.anti-spy.info/ (same as Security Task Mgr)
    SecurityTaskManager: http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/
    spycop: http://www.spycop.com
    Spywall: ($14.95) http://www.download.com/SpyWall-Anti-Spyware/3003-8022_4-10433169.html
    SecurityTaskManager: http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/ ($29)
    Allseeingeye: http://www.fortego.com/en/ase.html
    SSAkeyloggerCleaner: http://research.sunbelt-software.com/ssaclean.cfm
    Kldetector: http://dewasoft.com/privacy/kldetector.htm

    -- Tom

    P.S. Some of the HIPS above are not for the novice user. You can read about them at the Wilders Security Forum Here.
  7. john2004


    May 29, 2004
    Hi Pctech_Wannabe,

    Thanks for your reply.

    My intention is to stop any keylogger I may have on my PC from transmitting private information back to it's author or distributor. I run ZA Firewall, but I know some malware can bypass firewalls. I also scan with Lavasoft Adaware, Spybot search and destroy, and A-squared.

    Keylogger killer claims it can detect "unknown" keyloggers, which is why I downloaded it to give it a try. Basically, if I have a keylogger, or some type of hook or rootkit program on my computer, I want to be able to detect it. One problem I am running into is that many good security programs, anti-hacker, anti-keylogger, anti-sypware, etc.. are no longer running on windows 98.

    Thanks again,
  8. blaqDeaph


    Nov 22, 2005
    In short, getting rid of a keylogger is quite a difficult thing to do, especially with hardware keyloggers (many of them can be disguised in a USB to PS2 connector etc).

    If you are worried about protecting sensitive passwords or short ID numbers, you can try to use the on screen keyboard to type the passwords. This is especially useful for public computers, because they tend to have it installed by default (since it's a windows accessories program). However, be aware that because it's so well known that some keyloggers have been known to look for that program that is running, and sniff out the data that is being transmitted.
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