Category: Computers > Security
Asked by: knucklebug-ga
List Price: $15.00
09 Mar 2005 08:08 PST
Expires: 08 Apr 2005 09:08 PDT
Question ID: 488943
Hi, I need help! Is there a way to detect invisiblekeylogger on my computer. I'm certain it was sent to me in an email attachment, and want to know if there is a way to detect it, delete it and maybe get proof that the person I think sent it, is indeed guilty! I'm guessing another way to find out would be to access the computer of the spy. This I did.. I found the program, but can't access the logs without a password. Maybe there is a default password or a way to change it? ( I think this would be the best way to get the proof I'm looking for) When I confronted the person who, I think, is spying on me (and whos computer the software is on) He said that it was obviously some sort of trogan and he doesn't know how it got on his computer. He claims ,that somehow, somebody must have gotten his credit card info and it just appeared on his computer. Acting dumb like his identity got stolen or something. I'm assuming that this isn't some hack crap or scam program that just appears on your computer. If you want to spy on someone, you buy it and install it... it doesn't just appear! Am I correct? This program was downloaded onto this persons computer 10 min. before he sent me an email with a stupid zip file attachment. This person never sends me email attachments, and from what I understand this key logger can be sent remotely through a zip file attachment. Coincidents?? His story just doesn't ad up and I want proof he did it. Please let me know whatever info you may have on this program (invisiblekeylogger.net) And please try to keep it somewhat simple, my skills are basic! ;) Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Answered By: siliconsamurai-ga on 09 Mar 2005 09:53 PST
Hi, thank you for submitting your question to Google Answers, I hope I can provide the information you are seeking. There are several aspects to the answer. Although you may be correct about the source of the infection, that doesn?t necessarily mean he/she did this on purpose. It is quite common for such spyware program to be connected with programs which also hijack e-mail addresses, sending itself out to everyone on someone?s address list. I?m not saying that happened, just that you need to remember the possibility when you are making acusations. You may be entirely correct. Going into that person's computer is a serious crime in some jurisdictions, I wouldn't bring that up if you decide to go to the police. If this is a business situation you can communicate your concerns to management. The same goes for a school administration, but if it is a matter of two private individuals, then you would need to go through the police or possibly the Secret Service/FBI if this is a case of attempted identity theft. That is a complex matter and not one I can give much further advice about without knowing more details than you should post online. But your basic problem is to eliminate the threat, and threat it is, a very dangerous one. It is also one I can address here. You should download one or more anti spyware programs which will clean out what amounts to an infection. You can load Lavasoft?s free Ad-Aware scanner on your system and run it periodically. There is a commercial version but the free download is probably all you need. Google search term: lavasoft download http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ There is also a new Microsoft program which not only removes some spyware (not as well as Ad-Aware) but it also helps prevent new infections if you leave it running in the background. Google search Term: Microsoft antispyware download http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321cd7a2-6a57-4c57-a8bd-dbf62eda9671&displaylang=en PCOrion also offers a free trial and the vendor claims it will specifically detect and remove invisiblekeylogger. I haven't actually used it myself, but they have a good reputation. You can run it right from the site to obtainmore information. http://www.pcorion.com/ You will find several links to free online spyware scanners at http://www.topspywareremovers.com/ Thank you again for turning to Google Answers for help. I should probably mention that I have written reviews of both the Ad-Aware and the Microsoft AntiSpyware software. Both work well but neither will catch every infection so you need to try several. The good news is that they are all free. You may also want to look at my answer to 481307 http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=481307 It doesn't directly apply to your problem but has some additional information which might be of interest. You may need to try several anti spyware utilities until you find one which works for you. If none of the above programs or links work in your particular situation let me know and I can provide more links.
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Thanks a bunch for all of your help. I haven't tried the scan programs yet, but when I do... I'll be sure to post the results :)
From: dji-ga on 09 Mar 2005 09:31 PST
I have had the same thing happen to me. I got online and purchased CounterSpy by Sunbelt Software. It can clean out any type of spyware I have had from cookies to browser hijackers and keyloggers. here is the link: http://www.sunbelt-software.com/product.cfm?id=410
From: siliconsamurai-ga on 10 Mar 2005 02:55 PST
Thank you for the nice rating and remember that I will provide more links if necessary. It is impossible to know which program will work best for you because of the various operating environments so I posted the cheapest ones which were most likely to solve your problem. Others aren't necessarily better no matter what their prices, just different. Good luck.
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