Do you think your computer is infected by Keyloggers?
Then you need to find How to Check for Keyloggers and remove it permanently from your Windows PC.
Keyloggers are mostly used to target those users who have some sensitive data, but we cannot say anything about the targets because anyone can target anyone for any reasons.
So, it will not be fruitful to say why Keyloggers are used to target local public.
Before We Start that How to check for Keyloggers I will like to explain some basic concepts about Keyloggers.
Table of Contents
- What are Keyloggers?
- How do Keyloggers work?
- How can Keyloggers Harm you?
- Types of Keyloggers
- How to Check for Keyloggers on Windows
- Final thoughts
What are Keyloggers?
Keylogger is a small program which runs on a computer without the permission of the administrative and takes record of the key stocks which computer administrative types.
Types of Keyloggers
There are two basic types of Keyloggers, and these are as follow;
- Software Keyloggers
- Hardware Keyloggers
How do Keyloggers work?
The working of Keylogger is simple yet dangerous. As I said Keyloggers take records of every key stock that have been typed by the user.
But, we can type anything then how and why Keyloggers are dangerous.
When we type a document in MS Word, Keylogger records the key stocks and save them in a hidden file, in the same way when we enter our username and passwords on different sites, Keyloggers also keeps these key stocks, with a log file that at which place (website) these keys were pressed.
How can Keyloggers Harm you?
The programmer who creates and installs the Keylogger in your computer can easily get all this information and can then use that to login to your different accounts and can access your data. This is how a Keylogger can destroy your privacy and can harm you. You can imagine the disaster if someone has access to all of your accounts such as Social Media sites etc.Types of Keyloggers
Types of Keyloggers
As I said about there are two main categories of Keyloggers out there and these are as follow;
Software Keyloggers are in the form of programs which are installed on your PC by hackers to steal your personal information. These Keyloggers run in the background process and are very light weight and mostly are undetectable without special kind of Keylogger Detector Software. Once these Keyloggers get some details about you, then they start sending your data to anonymous hackers or whoever has installed these programs on your computer.
Hardware Keyloggers are in the form of an external or internal hardware device, they may be a small chip fixed inside the CPU on the motherboard or a standard USB attached to your computer. The functionality of Hardware Keyloggers is same mean to steal your passwords and usernames etc. But they are stronger than Software Keyloggers and are hard to detect and remove.
How to Check for Keyloggers on Windows
Here we come, now it’s time to test your computer for any possible Keyloggers installed on it.
Before we start, I would like to say it is tough to detect hardware Keyloggers you have to check for these manually by removing the lid of your CPU and checking for any unusual device or chip and/or to check for any possible unwanted USB flash drive.
Method #1 Using Task Manager
Task Manager is a system app in your Windows which has keeps a record of all the programs running on your computer and your computer’s performance etc.
Using Task manager we can easily detect any Keyloggers installed on your computer.
Follow the Steps given below to proceed.
Step 1. You need to open Task Manager app, so, click on the start button and search for Task manager and launch the Task Manager app.
Step 2. In the Task Manager app click on the Details tab.
Step 3. Now you need to find winlogon.exe there by scrolling down.
Step 4. Once you find winlogon.exe look for any other process there with a different Username other then Windows process if you find anyone there just select that and click on End Process.
That’s it, you have successfully examined your PC for any possible Keyloggers.
The process of finding Keylogger using Task Manager is simple and easy but the drawback of using this method is you not be able to check any Keyloggers.
So, give a try to the second method too, which is listed below.
Method #2 Check Installed Programs
It’s not important that all the Keyloggers are made hidden some keyloggers are not hidden so they can be found in the list of the Installed programs.
Well, the chances of Keyloggers in installed programs is very small because those Keyloggers which are installed on special people’s computer are very powerful, but checking the list of installed programs don’t hurt, Does it?
Follow the steps listed below to proceed.
Step 1. We need to open Control Panel, so simply click the search option and type Control panel and open the Control Panel app.
Step 2. In Control Panel you need to click on Uninstall a Program button.
Step 3. Now a list of installed programs and drivers etc. will be displayed to you. Thoroughly check the installed programs and uninstall every that program or software which you have not installed.
Using this method you will not only get rid of Keyloggers, in fact, your computer’s speed will be boosted.
Method #3 Use Special Programs to Remove Keyloggers
There are hundreds of thousands of programs out there for checking Keyloggers on your computer.
Here in this method, we will use some special software for checking Keyloggers as we all know mostly software are used for checking the presence of Keyloggers and viruses in computers.
Below I have listed some best software for detecting Keyloggers.
#1 Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool (Download)
When it comes to technology and security, the tech founder Microsoft is the best.
They have the solution for every problem of their customers.
Malicious Software Removal Tool is the best one for not only removing in fact, it can also detect any unwanted Keylogger from your computer and can automatically remove it for you.
I just come to know about this tool a few days ago on a Windows update and it really works very smoothly.
#2 Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit BETA (Download)
You may be aware of that most of the Keyloggers are undetectable by normal Anti-virus software so Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is the best one for detecting and removing these Keyloggers.
All you need to do is to download the Malwarebytes program and run this on your computer and follow the on screen instruction.
This toolkit is really magical because it not only checks for Keylogger, in fact, it also repairs any damages made to your Windows files.
#3 Bitdefender Rootkit Remover (Download)
Unlike other great tools, Bitdefender Rootkit is the best. They provide amazing service for removing all the unwanted keyloggers and are an award-winning company.
The best thing which I have found about Bitdefender Rootkit Remover is that they also offer scan in the Boot mode means your computer will be checked thoroughly for any Keyloggers.
#4 Norton Power Eraser (Download)
For checking any wanted program on your computer Norton Power Eraser is the best one.Why?
Why?Because it deeply scans your PC for infected files and checks everything with its latest technology and makes sure there is not hidden file or Keylogger left.
Because it deeply scans your PC for infected files and checks everything with its latest technology and makes sure there is not hidden file or Keylogger left.Norton Power Eraser is an aggressive virus removal tool.
Norton Power Eraser is an aggressive virus removal tool.Final thoughts
So, guys, this was a detailed guide on How to check for Keyloggers in Windows and remove it.
So, guys, this was a detailed guide on How to check for Keyloggers in Windows and remove it.I highly recommend you to check for the presence of any keyloggers in your computer on a regular basis because any hacker may trick you and an install Keyloggers on your computer.
I highly recommend you to check for the presence of any keyloggers in your computer on a regular basis because any hacker may trick you and an install Keyloggers on your computer.
Hackers may get very personal data like bank details and much more.
So, be careful.