[ad]Dear Computer Lady,
I have reason to believe that someone installed a keylogger on my laptop. I was told by a computer repairman that malware bytes detects those and deletes them but I cannot see where they would find that info. how can I remove a keylogger off of my laptop?
Your faithful follower, Julie
There are two types of keyloggers that can be put on a computer. One is a hardware device that usually plugs into the same port as your keyboard and gets information directly from the keyboard connection to the computer. This type of keylogger can be easily found and removed by inspecting all the connections on your computer.
The other is a software program that records all your keystrokes and saves them in a log file that can be sent to another computer. Many keylogger programs can also monitor all emails, and instant messages on your computer.
Not all keylogger programs are malware. When my children were young, I had this type of program on their computer. It was easier for them to stay away from bad sites when they knew Mom was getting a daily report of their online activity. Employers might also use keylogger software to make sure employees are not using business computers for personal corrospondence.
Unfortunately, keylogger software can be included in spyware programs, which would allow thieves to access your data.
How do you get rid of a software keylogger?
Most antivirus companies already include protection against known keyloggers, so if you keep your antivirus program updated, you will be protected against most threats.
The only 100% sure way to remove a keylogger is to securely erase the hard drive and do a clean install of Windows, something your local computer repair shop would be able to do for you.
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