There is no denying the fact that the Internet is one of the best things in the world. You can find information, stuff and literally anything on the Internet. But at the same time, we cannot really deny the fact that the Internet is pretty fragile and a scary place too. You never know, a short mistake and you might lose all your important data including the bank account credentials. Anyways, have you ever felt like someone is spying on you? Are they able to get a record of what you have done on your computer?
Well, if your answer is Yes to the above question, then you might be a victim of a Keylogger which is something you should take very seriously. Okay, but What is this keylogger and how can it harm me? – you might ask. Well, that’s what this post is all about. Today, in this post, we would be covering on What is a keylogger and how to detect it in Windows 10. Now if that sounds interesting, let us top into it. Should we?
What is a keylogger and how to detect it in Windows 10
Let us first take a look at What is a Keylogger and how it can harm your computer. Should we?
What is a keylogger?
Keylogger (also referred to as KeyStroke logger) is a program which runs all the time on your computer in the background. The user won’t see the program run since it is hidden but is always working in the background. Now, a Keylogger might be a hardware based or software based. In this post, we would cover the software based keylogger program as it is pretty common.
Now, as the name suggests, the keylogger records and saves the keystrokes your pressed or simply the keys you pressed on your computer’s keyboard. The program might be sending the data typed anonymously to hackers. Now, a lot of you might be thinking about how it can harm you? Well, it can harm you in a lot of ways.
How can a Keylogger harm?
A keylogger when installed can harm you and your computer in a lot of ways. These includes but are not limited to:
- Recording and sending your accounts credentials.
- Stealing your Debit/ Credit Card information.
- Recording and sending the important documents you wrote to hackers anonymously.
- A list of the websites you’ve visited
- Applications you’ve used
- Documents you’ve opened
- And even screenshots of your activity
Reading the above ways in which a keylogger can harm might make you wonder if your PC has one installed or not. Well, there is a way to detect if your Windows 10 PC has a keylogger installed or not.
How to detect a Keylogger in Windows 10
Here are the steps which you need to follow in order to detect if your Windows 10 PC has a keylogger installed or not:
- First of all, you need to right-click on the Taskbar of your Windows 10 PC.
- Now, select the Task Manager option from the context menu.
- Here, you will be able to see a list of processes which are running on your PC. Now, if you are a tech-savvy, then the chances are you would be able to identify what process is of what program. So, do the needful and search for the suspicious processes and disable those. Some of the most common processes are “system_doc” or “win-process.”
- For everyone else, head over to the startup tab and see what programs are there. If you find some suspicious ones, just disable them for your good.
- Another thing to look for is your browser (like Chrome) extensions. Just make sure that the extensions you have installed are safe and secure. Disable all the un-needed and suspicious ones.
- That’s it! You should be good to go now.
You can also use anti-virus and anti-keylogger programs to detect and remove the keyloggers, but make sure that you select a reputed program as just another “free antivirus program” might be your myth and may do more harm than the cure. We will always recommend you do the needful on your own without the use of any tool.
So that’s it guys, this was our take on What is a keylogger and how to detect it in Windows 10. We hope that you found this post useful. Let us know your thoughts on keyloggers in the comments section down below.