How to Get Rid of a Keylogger

by Tricia Goss

A keylogger is capable of logging every keystroke you type. Keyloggers can be software installed by your company's computer administrator or by parents wanting to watch what their kids do online. Keyloggers can also be hardware, such as special keyboards or attachments to the computer. The worst kinds of keyloggers are spyware, which hackers can use to steal information or even your identity. If you are concerned about someone watching what you type, learn how to find and remove keyloggers from your computer.

Check out your keyboard thoroughly. Remove a key by prying it off gently and see if there is another set of keys under your current keyboard. If so, remove the top and discard it, or replace your keyboard.

Look at any wiring coming out of the keyboard. Follow it to the computer tower and make sure there is not a diverter or other type of connector between the keyboard and the tower. If so, remove it or replace the cord or the keyboard itself.

Look at the icons in your computer's system tray. This is the taskbar area near your computer clock. If you are unfamiliar with any of the programs, go to the "Start" menu, point to "Programs" and "All Programs" and look for the questionable one in the list. Look at the "Read Me" or other files. If it is not a program you want, uninstall it by going to the Control Panel, choosing "Add/Remove Hardware," selecting the program and choosing "Uninstall."

Update your computer's antivirus program and run it. If it finds any suspicious software, remove or quarantine it immediately following your antivirus software's instructions. You may also want to run a stand-alone or online virus scan for a deeper search.

Install an anti-spyware program or update your current software. Run a scan and remove anything it finds. If your spyware scan finds a potential keylogger and you are comfortable editing the Windows registry, then click "Start" and then "Run." Type in "Regedit" and click "Go." Find the keylogger and delete it.

Warning

  • close Do not attempt to edit the Windows registry unless you have sufficient experience doing so, as you could harm or permanently disable your system.

About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.