How to Find Out If Your Computer Has Keyloggers on it Spying on You

By J.E. Myers

Keylogger spy programs are one of the most insidious and troubling attacks that a PC owner may face. Keyloggers literally record every keystroke of information you type onto your computer keyboard, bundles the information into packets and then secretly emails these packets to the spy in your midst. Keyloggers are difficult to detect with the naked eye but with they can be found and destroyed with the help of some free software.

Step 1

Go to Start/ControlPanel/System and turn off System Restore.

Step 2

Go online and download the free program MalwareBytes. Install it, and allow it to update from the web. Launch the program and select "Full Scan." MalwareBytes will scan your hard drive for infections and spyware, including keyloggers. When the scan is complete, click "View Results." A list of discovered infections will appear. Click "Select All" and then "Remove Selected" infected files. Do not reboot even if prompted to do so.

Step 3

Download the free program SuperAntiSpyware. Install it and make sure you permit the program to update its "definition" files. Select "Full Scan." Like MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware will scan your computer for even more types of infections. Whatever MalwareBytes may have missed, SuperAntiSpyware will certainly find. Look at the final results report for any keylogger files. Select all the infected files found and remove them. Do not reboot yet.

Step 4

Download the free program Avast Home Free. Install the software. When Avast asks if you want to conduct a "boot scan" answer "Yes." But do not reboot yet.

Step 5

Download the free program CCleaner. Install the software. Click on "Cleaner" (an icon of a broom) and then "Run Cleaner." Don't check or uncheck any of the boxes to the left. When this scan is done, click on the "Registry" icon. Click "Scan for Issues." When the scan is complete the button labeled "Fix Issues" will become "live." Click this button. Answer "No" to the back-up query. Answer "Yes" to any other questions posed to you. Open the "Tools" icon and then "Start Up." Examine your start-up list and right-click to disable everything that may be shown in bold type except the software you've downloaded in this session. Reboot your computer now.

Step 6

Run the Avast boot scan. Avast will automatically begin scanning your hard drive on reboot. When it finds an infected file it will pause for a moment. Press "2" to clean the virus and continue to the end of the scan. When Avast is done it will boot to your Windows desktop.

Step 7

Download the free program ComboFix. Allow it to update. Answer "Yes" to all questions. Do not interrupt ComboFix during its work. At the end of the scan, ComboFix will provide a report and then return to your desktop. Turn on System Restore again. Reboot.

Tips & Warnings

  • The free software you've downloaded for this project is, in combination, one of the most effective anti-viral prescriptions on the market according to experts such as MajorGeeks and BleepingComputers. You can safely remove all other expensive, "big name" security programs like Norton or McAfee.