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 hacker tools to steal your information.
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. They can also sit on wires and cables, and if you don't know exactly what you're looking for, you can easily miss it. Fortunately, these external keyloggers are limited in what they can do.
Unfortunately, the software counterparts are just as hard, if not harder, to detect, and can do a lot more damage. But luckily for you, there's 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 backup 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, 8 and 10.
To download the program, navigate to the KL-Detector home page. In the left corner of the screen, there is a blue box with several links and a donation button. Click on the first blue text link labeled "Download this keylogger detector."
Your download should begin immediately. When the download is complete, open and extract the zipped files by right-clicking in the file window and selecting "Extract All." When the files have been extracted, run the application.
Be sure to read the License Agreement before continuing. Remember, you should always read the fine print when you download anything to your computer!
When the program is up and running, you will need to pay careful attention to the steps outlined in KL-Detector. KL-Detector will walk you through every step you need to take when attempting to detect keylogging software. Be sure to follow all the instructions. If you do not follow the instructions, you could end up with false detections.