Did you know that there are programs that exist solely to capture information coming from your keyboard? They're called keystroke loggers, or keyloggers for short, and they can be nasty.
While companies and parents can use keyloggers for legal monitoring, a scammer could use one to invade your privacy or steal your identity. They come in software and hardware form, and are not something to take lightly.
Physical keyloggers are easy to hide inside computers, and you would never know. Fortunately, these are limited in what they can do.
The software counterparts are just as hard to detect, but can do a lot more damage. Fortunately, I have a way to track them down.
KL-Detector is a small program that tells you if you're infected with a software keylogger. It works by scanning your computer for new log files that a keylogger could be making.
This free download will pinpoint all programs that are creating those logs, so you can hunt down the keylogger on your machine.
Of course, many of your programs create logs, so you'll have to do some investigating. Look for programs you don't recognize and research them using Google.
If you do find a keylogger, you will need to manually remove it. You can try security programs, but keyloggers are designed to avoid these. Click here to see how to remove a software keylogger.
To be truly safe, you might have to wipe your computer and reinstall everything. This is a last-resort option, but if you have to wipe your computer, be sure to back up all of your information first.
Note: Because of the way this program works, your anti-virus software may flag KL-Detector as malware. It also may tell you not to trust the KL Detector site. Trust me, this program and its site are safe.
Further note: The site says KL-Detector is for Windows XP, but it will also work fine in Vista, 7 and 8.