How to Send a Keylogger to a Friend

By Palmer Owyoung

Keyloggers are programs that are used to record the keystrokes on a computer. They can be used to get things like passwords, user names and other important information. While they are technically not illegal, you should exercise caution when using them. If, however, you believe that a friend or business partner may be stealing from you, then that is a legitimate reason to use a keylogger.

Things You'll Need

  • Remote keylogger program

Step 1

Find a keylogger that allows you to install it remotely. Some programs that you might want to consider are Remote Spy, Elite Keylogger or Advance Keylogger. Any of these programs can be installed via email. As of 2010, they cost between $49.00 and $89.99 and all come with a free trial.

Step 2

Get Remote Spy. This is the most feature rich of the three programs, but at $89.99 as of 2010, it is also the most expensive. In addition to being able to be installed remotely, it allows you to log keystrokes, applications and website activity. All of this is uploaded to a remote server where you can access and go through the data using the built-in search tools. In addition, the remote spy can be programmed to self-terminate at a specific date, leaving no trace that it was ever there. To send it to a friend, you will need to attach it to an email along with an innocuous-looking file, such as a photo or a game. This conceals the keylogger, but when the recipient downloads the other file, the keylogger will automatically install itself.

Step 3

Buy Elite Keylogger. This program will log keystrokes and instant messenger chat sessions and applications used, and will create screen shots of the computer as well. Like Remote Spy, it also uploads to a remote server. As of 2010, this application costs $69.00.

Step 4

Try Advance Keylogger. This program can record all of the typical data, such as keystrokes, applications and websites visited, and do screen shots. However, it also has the added function of being able to record audio calls placed on the computer using voice-over IP software like Skype or MSN Chat. It also makes all data available on a server for remote viewing. It is also the only program that comes with a 30-day free trial. As of 2010, the price is $49.00.

Tips & Warnings

  • NOTE: Installing computer monitoring tools on computers you do not own or do not have permission to monitor may violate local, state or federal law.