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|Type:||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
It is a legitimate tool that goes memory resident and logs the keystrokes typed by the user.
|First detected on:||July 6, 2005|
|Detection updated on:||Feb. 12, 2008|
|Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies
KeySpy is a hacking tool. Though these programs are legitimate and useful tools when they are appropriately used, a hacker could take advantage of them in order to carry out malicious actions.
KeySpy is a shareware program that goes memory resident and logs the keystrokes typed by the user in a text file. It can be used to gather passwords or other sensitive information, thus posing a threat to users' privacy.
It can be configured to run in stealth mode so that the user is unaware of its presence.
KeySpy does not pose a risk by itself, but it can be used with malicious intentions.
KeySpy is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.
However, if it is run in Visible mode, an icon appears in the System Tray. If the user clicks on the icon, a menu is displayed:
When the user clicks on the option View log..., the following window is opened, displaying the keystrokes typed by the user: