By DeVry University
August 31, 2022
7 min read
August 31, 2022
7 min read
When used maliciously, keyloggers are an effective tool for cybercriminals. In this case, keyloggers record private information like bank account numbers, passwords and financial information that is meant to be kept private. The wrongdoer in these cases could be anyone from a disgruntled former employee to an international crime organization. Some uses of keyloggers where there is clear criminal intent may include:
If you experience symptoms like these, there are several ways to detect and disable keyloggers. One simple way is to check your Task Manager by right-clicking on the Windows taskbar and choosing Task Manager from the menu. This utility indicates which processes are running on your computer. If you are unfamiliar with the processes listed, search them on the internet to see if you find any warnings indicating keylogger-type activity.
Another effective way to find a keylogger is by looking at the Startup tab. Keyloggers are intended to run full time on your computer, which means they have to start up with your operating system. In the Startup list, look for anything you don’t remember having installed yourself. If you see something that looks out of place, select it and then click on the Disable button in the lower-right portion of the window.
You can also examine your computer’s internet usage report. In Windows, pressing the Windows key and “I” at the same time will take you to the Setting screen, where you can choose Network & Internet, then Data Usage. This will reveal a list of the programs your computer uses to access the internet. If anything seems unusual or suspicious here, do a search to find out what it is. It may be a keylogger.
New versions of malware are being introduced all the time, so no off-the-shelf solution is likely to be foolproof. You can, however, take some basic defensive steps, beginning by taking stock of your online behavior. Following general best practices for online safety and maintaining a healthy level of skepticism when engaging in any type of online activity can help .
The antivirus software maker Norton recommends a few more steps to protect yourself:
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