SpyDetect Free – Find out if you are being spied on your computer
There are two different kinds of Spyware that are common these days – the first one is a type of malware that is installed on a computer without the knowledge of the owner in order to collect the owner’s private information and are typically malicious in nature, and the other one is the legit employee or person monitoring software like keylogger or other surveillance tool. You can use Anti-spyware software to identify the former kind and get rid of them from your PC. Normally these are downloaded from internet by malicious websites or transmitted from a media storage device.
This article’s scope is to know how to deal with the latter kind of spy tools. These spy programs are installed to keep a log of keystrokes, programs’ launched, and any task that are done by an user. Some employers install spy software to track employees’ internet usage and data breach. Or someone in the house may install it to intrude into others privacy. Typically, these software are invisible to normal eyes because the processes are hidden and some disguise themselves as a Windows system process. Also, these tools are legit programs made by developers who digitally sign them, so they are not classified as malicious and hence your security software will not report them. Therefore it is not easy to identify the presence of them on a computer.
If you think you are being spied on a computer, you can use free software to detect them. One of the best free utilities I have come across is the SpyDetect utility. This 100% free program can check for any processes running on your computer that have installed HOOKS on your keyboard, which is the most common practice when recording keystrokes pressed.
Apart from keystrokes, SpyDetect also checks if there are any processes that periodically check your windows’ captions, which is used to log user activity like programs launched, files copied and transferred, deleted, etc..
The program is portable and so doesn’t need to be installed to run. You can simply put the exe files (32-bit and 64-bit) in a flash drive and run it on any Windows machine.