Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!


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DreamWeaver
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During a recent computer maintenance check, my husband discovered that someone had installed a remote keylogger on our computer. I just wanted to mention this so that everyone will know that it IS VERY POSSIBLE for someone to do this WITHOUT having had direct access to your computer. (I remember that a couple of months back someone had asked about this.) My husband used the "Spybot" in detecting this.
I also want to say that my husband had a heck of a time getting rid of it. He had to work on the problem for quite a while to do this. He says that getting rid of it required going into the system registry.
We know who did this. It was someone who we trusted and we believe that it was done through the email somehow. So, I guess you just never know who you really can trust.
Anyway, I just thought that I would share this little tidbit with the rest of you. I hope that it never happens to you. If it were a complete stranger who was trying to get into our computer I would be angry, but for someone you love and trust to do this it is quite a blow. Oh well, now we know. We will shake the dust off our shoes and just move forward.

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bitterme
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

by the by, how did you figure out who installed it?

bitterme
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

Perfect Keylogger can be wrapped up in any exe file.  Once run, it silently installs itself, and uninstalls itself after a set number of days, leaving no traces behind.  it send you reports via FTP or email.  You can make a slideshow as an exe and wrap it up in that - most people will open that and feel it's less of a risk because they're nto actually installing anything (not true, but hey).

FireFox has a plugin called Keyscrambler that keeps keyloggers from working, but it's pretty buggy and the "pro" version is something you have to buy.  If there's a better program like this out there, I'd love to know about it.

Shyrightupthere...
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!
bitterme wrote:

Perfect Keylogger can be wrapped up in any exe file. Once run, it silently installs itself, and uninstalls itself after a set number of days, leaving no traces behind. it send you reports via FTP or email. You can make a slideshow as an exe and wrap it up in that - most people will open that and feel it's less of a risk because they're nto actually installing anything (not true, but hey).

FireFox has a plugin called Keyscrambler that keeps keyloggers from working, but it's pretty buggy and the "pro" version is something you have to buy. If there's a better program like this out there, I'd love to know about it.

 

Can I just say that THAT is scary as hell?!!!!  

 

 

Shyrightupthere...
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Remote keylogger questions

Hi guys

 

Just a couple quick questions about remote keyloggers.

    How do they get on your computer?

    How  can I tell if one is on mine?

    Can a remote keylogger choose several different targets to track?

 

 

Thank you! 

 

sunshine23
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Re: Remote keylogger questions

Remote keyloggers can be sent to you through an e-mail that you open, or if someone has access to your computer for a few minutes, they can install a keylogger that will log your computer activity. (A person with access to your computer can go into your anti-virus program and tell it to allow the keylogger software, so this is something you can easily check yourself) They can then view these logs from their computer. There are remote keylogger programs that allow the person to view the activity on a couple of computers at the same time. I have read about (but never tried) software that is supposed to be able to detect whether or not there is a keylogger on your computer. This is software you have to purchase. Just know that many of the remote keyloggers that are advertised (that you pay for) claim to be undetectable by the detection and anti-virus software. Some companies sell both the keyloggers and the detection software, so I have wondered if their detection software will identify their keylogger software?!Undecided Just google "remote keyloggers" and "keylogger detection software" and research it. There has been discussion on GUG about different keyloggers (free ones and ones you buy), as well as programs you can run to identify keyloggers and other spyware. Good Luck!!!

DreamWeaver
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

Yes, we think that perhaps this thing came in with some pictures that were emailed to us. I asked my husband if he remembered the particular file name and he said that he did not. (In his haste to get rid of this thing he forgot to write it down.)
It has been time-comsuming to change the passwords on all of the credit cards and banking, but it is necessary to do this. I just cringe at the thought that someone has all of our information! The fact that they have monitored everything that we look at or type is sickening to me. Well, I guess that's how it goes.
I first started suspecting that someone had gotten access to some of our passwords a couple of months back. I have a couple of hotmail accounts and when I would log in for the day to check my new emails I would find that most of the emails had already been opened and read. So yes, they were already using the passwords that they obtained from using the keylogger.
Well- you all have a really great day. I just remembered that I still have a few more passwords to change so I think that is how I will spend part of my afternoon. Smile

romanov1918
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

Usually these kinds of programs are installed when they send you an email with an .exe attached....some programs you can attach the .exe file to a .jpg, so when you open the photograph (and if this is someone you knew, you would have probably opened the photograph without hesitation), the program starts running stealth. Then they can see everything you do, type, visit, etc....plus possibly get your personal credit card info if you buy things online. There used to be a program that you didnt even have to attach the .exe, all you had to do was send an email and when you opened the email, boom, the program started. One good thing though, is that most security programs within your email usually catch these .exe files....

Ashton
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

Thats correct, it's difficult to send .exe in email.

The other common methods are to compress the .exe file into a zip file or to insert it in a word document...but that requires that you still open the zip file or click on the .exe in the the .doc. 

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bitterme
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

You can upload an exe and change the text in the link to whatever else - most people won't mouse over the link to see if that's where it actually goes.  Then your browser will ask you if you want to save or run the file (and might give you a warning).  Most people will, of course, just run it.

Hot2na
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

Get Out! Is this really possible. I can tolerate the occasional cookie or SPAM here and there, but this.......I would be smokin' mad! What was the file name that was uploaded? Perhaps if you could post it here, others such as myself can brace ourselves.

BTW, thanks for sharing this. What a great way to get my GUG-on this morning!

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jewels
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Re: Someone installed a remote keylogger on our computer!

There are lots of different software programs that can do this, so one particular filename is not all you need to look out for. Just be certain what you open or download in your email--even from the people you know.

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