How to Find Keylogger on Your Computer

Keylogger malicious program is one of the biggest security threat today and is the cause of most identity theft cases. This article will provide a brief description of keyloggers, how they are spread and what is the fastest way to remove them.

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1. How Does A Keylogger Get Into A PC?

Most of the time, this malicious file enters a computer when the user downloads an infected application like movies, music or other software applications. They can also be installed manually on the PC by other persons, most commonly spouses and bosses who want to keep track of what the PC user is doing.

2. What Is A Keylogger And What Does It Do?

How to Find Keylogger on Your Computer

How to Find Keylogger on Your Computer

It is a third party malicious software called malware that hides inside a PC system to monitor what the user is typing. It is able to record every single keystroke that is being typed on the keyboard. The most dangerous information that might be stolen are confidential and financial details like account passwords and bank account numbers. Most identity theft cases happen when sensitive information is captured and misused.

Of course, there can also be good uses of keyloggers. Employers use them to keep track of their employees’ activities, and parents may use it to ensure that their children are safe from online predators and that they do not visit websites that they are not allowed to.

3. How To Find A Keylogger on Your Computer?

Keylogger normally install in one of the Windows directory and the place is hidden so it will be very hard to know which file belong to the keylogger since windows have more than 100K files.

This method has been check and working 100% with windows OSes. I do not know about another OS.

Step 1: Make sure you have anti virus program running. First you need to do is go to start up and click under “Run”. Then, Type “msconfig” . It will open a new window. After that, Click under Start up (it located on the top right hand). After you click that, there will be so many program that you can disable or enable from here.

Step 2:
Disable all the running program in the startup item by clicking on the box. Remember to Disable all. After that, Shut down all you Firewall and Anti Virus software that currently running. Then,

Step 3: Check again at the msconfig window under Startup (all the program is disable before). If you see any program that automatically enable by itself, That program is definatly is the keylogger program that running back on because you have disable your anti virus. Record the name of the program and the location of the program. If there is nothing enable, it mean that you are free from any keylogger.

Step 4: Enable/ Run back your anti virus and fire wall program. Remember to enable back all the start up program. Now, you know the keylogger file name and where it located. So, go to that location and delete the keylogger program.

Step 5: Close all the program and restart your computer. Now, You are free from key logger program.

Here are some safety tips:
1. Do not download any programs from someone that you do not know.
2. Make sure you scan all downloaded file with good anti virus program.
3. Have a Good Firewall program.
4. Make sure you know what program you install on your computer and where it located.

Recommended Anti Virus and Fire Wall:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free – A very sophisticated anti-malware techniques can detect and remove malicious programs from your computer.
*Quick Heal is one of the Best Anti Virus because It upgrade automatically for new Virus Daily.
* Zone Alarm is the best Fire Wall Program that I know so Far.

TRICK: Reboot your computer in safe mode (using F8 key) before doing the scan with your favorite anti-virus.

ATTENTION:
Some Anti Virus have Built in Fire Wall so make sure that you have only 1 Fire Wall Program running at the same time. Do not think by running 2 Fire wall program at the same time will be better to protect your computer. It will be worst because when you run 2 fire wall at the same time, the chance of the fire wall program to conflict to each other will be higher. So remember to run only 1 fire wall in your computer.

Warning:

Please follow the step by step method carefully. If you careless and delete a windows component, your computer will be unstable and maybe will not be able to start windows so Please be careful. Make sure you delete the right keylogger file. Try at your own risk. As long as you follow everything correctly, you will have no problem at all.
OR Use a Special Software Tool to Find Keylogger on Your Computer

Download Norton 360 now to get rid of any key-loggers.

There are a bunch of anti-keylogger software on the market and you may get better results with those. I recommend you to use them if you think there is still high possibility to have a keylogger installed. For example I found Cyberhawk to be the only software that detected a custom made keylogger. Kasperky does a good job in this area too. Also check anti-spy.info.

Hope, this method will help you all to avoid those damn hacker with keylogger…….

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Azad Shaikh

Azad Shaikh is an internet geek at heart. Azad like to write about anything related to computers, internet, hacking, business and marketing. He is a computer engineering graduate and certified ethical hacker.
  • Henry

    Thank your very much, Azad!

    it sound’s like it’s very clever, the way to find-out if infected or not.

    I’ve seen a lot different tip’s, but this one is actually only one I will going to try out!

    Again, Thank your,
    Henry

    • Azad Shaikh

      You are welcome!

  • Ana

    Thanks so much. I’ve been dealing with some security issues and very concerned that someone might have installed a keylogger on my laptop. This was so quick and easy — now i can relax. Much appreciated. : )

  • Confused

    How check shortcut for Keylogger ? Ctrl+alt+???????

    • Azad Shaikh

      There are no shortcut keys for checking keyloggers.

  • Jacob KIng

    dude this helped me so much thank you so much every game account ive had has been getting hacked now its all safe thanks!!

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  • Julia

    It did not work :( Any other tips?

    • Azad Shaikh

      Use some good antivirus like Quick Heal or Norton. This days hacker are getting very smart. And always use firewall that will prevent your private data getting out.

    • http://info.co.uk Arnold V. Anderson

      There are many many sites that cover this. The Azad is covering this pretty nicely. There are so many ways to do a check on this. Look through this link and try to see if it helps you.

      http://cognitiveanomalies.com/simple-ways-in-detecting-key-loggers/

  • Najeeb

    Hi nice info but can you make a video tutorial on this

  • http://www.junkfoodjunkie.no PoPSiCLe

    Seriously? The advice given is sound enough, but saying that you’re safe if nothing shows up in msconfig? It’s trivial to hide programs from showing up here, and frankly, if a normal antivirus-program takes care of your keylogger, it’s not a very good keylogger.

    As stated: sound advice, but the only way to be (almost) sure there are no malware on your system is to reformat and reinstall -- and make sure you either encrypt everything, or at least make sure you use something other than Windows. Secure encryption and proper password security will help a lot, although Windows’ passwords are incredibly simple to crack, and will not do anything to protect your computer.

    Also, add a BIOS password (a strong one) and turn off any “boot from external device/dvd” options.

    • Azad Shaikh

      I do agree with you. But it all depends on the Level of Security you want with your system. Thanks for leaving a really useful comment.

  • Audi

    I accidentally disabled something necessary an now my laptop is lagging like hell. What am i to do?

    • http://www.azadshaikh.com/ azadshaikh

      Sorry for late response. You can restore your system to last best configuration.

  • Rintar

    heres my problem : i have an internet cafe, theres someone installing this keylogger almost in all of my computer’s here… do you have any idea how to track people who installs it? thank you very much, and sorry for my bad English

    • http://www.azadshaikh.com/ azadshaikh

      Do some research on installation logs for windows. That will help you to track the culprit.

  • Casper

    How do I check whether a keylogger has been embedded in a .doc or zip file???? Can someone help please.

    • http://www.azadshaikh.com/ azadshaikh

      You can use MalwareByte for this. Its works.

  • Asad

    Dear Azad,
    Thank you for the useful information above, i have discovered a “Key Katcher” connected to my PC at work, can you please help me find a way to catch the person behind this?
    Is there a way to trace back the first IP address on the device?

    Appreciate your help.

    Thank you,

    • Azad Shaikh

      One of the possible way is to check the installation date and time of keylogger. Then check windows logs or try to remember who had the access to your system that time.

  • / Keesha Harlston

    I found the same file on keygenpen but unlike this one it didn’t contain a fucking virus.