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> keylogger scanner, whats a good one?
alanj
Posted: Dec 23 2010, 01:24 PM


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Recently a friend of a friend has moved in my house with my roommates and I. He brags all the time about how he can fix computers/hack into peoples accounts/blah blah blah.
He knows his stuff too though. I don't know alot about computers, but I do know enough to know what he is talking about when he starts to ramble.

Long story short, i think he may have put a key logger program or any other sort of spy program onto my pc. Anyone know of any good free programs that will scan and delete such a program? Or any tips on how I can go into my computer and look for such things?

Thanks in advance
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Posted: Dec 23 2010, 01:32 PM


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Bring up the task manager (ctr alt del) and look through the processes running on your computer. The keylogger, if it exists, will show up there. Look for files like "TypeAgent", "KGB", or "SpyOutside". Once you find something amiss, find it on your hard drive and wipe it out.

If you are unsure of the processes and what is and isn't safe to destroy, check them against this database.

If you don't want to do that kind of work, try using AVG, Dr. Web or A2. Some of the higher level keylogger programs can trick those scanners, though, so be sure to check over running processes in the task manager with a microscope.

I typically run Spybot Search & Destroy alongside Windows Defender, and my computer has been relatively clean for months.
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Posted: Dec 24 2010, 04:06 AM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ Yesterday, 4:32 PM)
Bring up the task manager (ctr alt del) and look through the processes running on your computer. The keylogger, if it exists, will show up there. Look for files like "TypeAgent", "KGB", or "SpyOutside". Once you find something amiss, find it on your hard drive and wipe it out.


Ugh, keyloggers... unamused.gif I hate keyloggers...

Any good keylogger will not show up in the Task Manager nor the process list ( or it might show up as something that is supposed to be there, like iexplore.exe ). Also, anti-keylogger programs generally don't work, at best they detect the keylogger made by the same developer.

Does this person have access to your PC, to retrieve any info? If not, run nestat and look for connections on port 21, as there has to be some way he gets the info ( if there is a keylogger ). Open Command Prompt, and run :

netstat -ano|findstr :21

This is assuming that a ) You are not running an FTP server and b ) your "friend" is not very good at keyloggers, and has one that transmits over ftp. Alternatively you can just run netstat -ano and look for connections on port 21. But I don't think he is very good at it anyway, since he is boasting about how good he is. People who are actually good at it don't usually do that... So you might just find a keylogger right in the Process List as Tessou suggested.

You can also try using something a bit more powerful than the process explorer Windows comes with, like this one, will make this a bit easier :

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

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I typically run Spybot Search & Destroy alongside Windows Defender, and my computer has been relatively clean for months.


I don't run any AV software, no firewall on PC, run the occasional AA, and have been completely clean for a good number of years. tongue.gif

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Posted: Dec 26 2010, 08:59 AM


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Thanks for the suggestions. I did what you guys posted and I haven't found anything suspicious so im hoping everything's ok.