Do you suspect that someone in your family is spying on you? You have a strange feeling that your email is being opened by someone else and that your private messages on your social networking account are being read by someone other than yourself.
The thing is, you are sure that you have a near-impossible-to-guess password and since you’re the only one who knows your password – passwords, even – someone may have hacked your account.
How were they able to secure your passwords? The answer may just be that someone is using a keylogger on you.
Has a family member installed a keylogger on your PC?
What is a Keylogger?
Before you try to figure out if someone has indeed installed a keylogger on your computer, it is best to know what a keylogger is and how it is being used against you.
Briefly, a keylogger is a type of software that once installed on your computer, will “spy” on you by detecting your keystrokes every time you use the computer. What does this mean?
What this means is that whoever installed the keylogger on your PC can detect your passwords. This enables them to open your email account, social networking page plus other sites that you are a member of.
Ultimately, you lose your privacy.
Has a Family Member Installed a Keylogger on Your PC? – What to Do
To check if someone has installed a keylogger on your PC, run your anti-virus program. Most anti-virus programs can detect keylogger activities.
If you do not yet have anti-virus software installed, download one from the internet and install as per the instructions of the provider.
One other thing that you can do is to look at the current tasks running on your computer. Simply press CTRL + ALT + DEL all at the same time to run the Task Manager.
If there is a program that you are unfamiliar with, get the name of the program and key this in on your search engine to find out what the program is and what it does.
If the program does prove to be a keylogger program, you can remove this by uninstalling it from your PC. On the Start Menu, go to Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program. You will be given a list of all the programs installed on your computer.
When you see the Keylogger Program, click Uninstall.
The deeper issue here actually is not that you discovered a keylogger running on your PC but that someone in the family has trust issues with you.
If you were successful at uninstalling the program, the person who installed it will know that you have removed the program which means that sooner or later you will have to discuss this with the person.
This is the trickier part because you might be opening a can of worms when you confront the family member about the underlying issue of not being trusted with your online activities.
The key here is to be open with the discussion and initiate a dialogue instead of going on and on about being hurt for not having the trust of someone in your family.
Whether it was a parent who installed the program or a partner, it is important to address the issue at hand so as not to drag the problem unnecessarily and ruin the relationship.
Henry is a free lancer writer and content builder of www.techiesguide.com/