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How To Remove A Key Logger?

My fiancée installed a key logger on my computer.  Not only is she reading all of my Skype conversations, but she’s also logging in and reading my emails.  Now she thinks I’ve got something going on with an old friend from high school.

(All this, despite the fact that this old girlfriend now lives in Israel).  She is spying on me.  My questions… is what she’s doing legal? Also, how do I remove this key logger and make sure it won’t be put back on my computer?


James, our question to you is, if you’re not married, and she already doesn’t trust you, how will your marriage go?

(Sorry to say this right before Christmas, but someone has to tell you.)

Have you given her reason in the past to remove the trust one normally places in their fiancée?

Trust plays a key role in all relationships.  While we’re not here to offer you relationship or legal advice, you should be aware that either your fiancée has serious insecurity issues (which already put your relationship in jeopardy), or you’ve given her reason to remove trust she previously placed in you (i.e. you cheated).

Either way, we advise you (as no more than an online friend) to closely look at your relationship, find out where the key trust issues lie, and address them, or evaluate if this is a relationship you want to continue.

Remember, you’re not married yet, and installing a key logger on your computer to monitor your activities suggests your marriage could already be in trouble…

Back to your key logger questions

Is spying on someone else using a key logger legal?

We’re not attorneys, and none of what we’re about to say should be construed as professional legal advice or a substitute for an attorney.

That said, it’s not legal if a key logger is installed on your computer by someone else, and you don’t know about it in advance.

However, whether or not it’s legal to use a key logger on your own computer, when someone else is using your computer, becomes a little more fuzzy on legal grounds.  There are arguments for both sides which have won out in court.

Was she using a key logger on her computer, which you were using?  It doesn’t sound like it.  If she installed this key logger on your computer (without you knowing about it in advance), then chances are good she’s actually done something illegal.

But do you really want to report your fiancée to the police for something she’s done to your computer?

How you deal with the key issues at play in your relationship here is up to you.  But it’s clear something deeper is going on.  Regardless, you probably want to remove this software.

How to remove a keylogger from your computer:

Almost every anti-spyware product we talk about on Identity Theft Secrets will identify and remove key logger software from your computer.

We’ve posted links to discounts on products which will not only remove key logger software from your computer, but will also protect your computer.

If you’re already set in that department and just want something that specifically is targeted to remove just key logger software, we recommend:

Kaspersky (using a coupon)
F Secure Discount Codes and Coupons
Trend Micro Coupons

And we wish you all the best with your relationship.

Downloading free keylogger software: Are keyloggers illegal?

Hey Identity Theft Secrets,

My friends and I were having a debate about whether or not it’s legal to download and run a keylogger software on your own computer  I know it’s illegal to keylog if you’re doing it on someone else’s computer, but what about using a keylogger to track what someone else does on your computer? Are keyloggers illegal if they’re being used on your own computer?

Well, before we get into answering what is legal and what’s not when it comes to keyloggers, let’s talk about what keyloggers are and what they do.

Keylogging software  (AKA “a keylogger”) works in the background to silently record whatever’s happening on a computer.  Depending on which  keylogger you download, you’ll get varying degrees of information.  Some of the more robust keyloggers will track more than just keystrokes.  They can also track all text typed in chat conversations, the chat program used, websites visited and what words were typed in on those websites, what has been printed, what files have been uploaded or downloaded from the internet, what files on the computer have been shared, changed, accessed, and a lot more information.

There is a millisecond difference that you barely notice between you hitting a key and the character actually appearing on your computer screen. Generally speaking, keyloggers sit in that free space between when you hit keystrokes and when those letters/characters appear on your computer screen.

Before the key you typed is visible on your screen, the keylogging program has tracked what key was pressed and tied it in with a snapshot of whatever is taking place on the computer at the time the key is pressed.

The recorded keys are then sent along into a recording (or “log”) of keys, and strung together to create something which will make sense to the person who installed the keylogger on the computer.

Because there is so little time (fractions of seconds) involved in that process, it becomes difficult for an end user to spot keylogging software when it’s in use on a computer.

So, is it illegal to download and install keylogger software?

The answer is No.

That is to say, keylogging and keylogger software is legal.

There are some very legitimate reasons for keyloggers and keylogging software, which we’ll cover in our next article.

For now, if you’d like to download keylogging software on a free trial basis, we recommend checking out All In One Keylogging Software.

(Direct link to free download All-In-One Keylogger – trial basis)

If you’d like to learn more about All-In-One Keylogger, take a look here:

Supreme Court Takes Another Look at Federal Identity Theft Law

A federal identity theft law meant to protect individuals from the devastating consequences of identity theft by toughening consequences for criminals using another person’s identity in connection with another crime is getting another look by the Supreme Court.

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CVS Cited By Texas Attorney General: Do You Own A Company?

I will be talking more about this later, but companies, and business owners, need to be aware that they can held liable for compliance with laws that they may not even know exist.
This is something most business owners know (and some fear), but what you, as a business owner, may not know, is that you are required to be compliant with laws regarding your use, handling, and disposal of customer and employee information.
As this article snippet from Hometown News (kbtv4.tv) shows, an attorney general, or even individuals, can come after you for a variety of things if you don’t handle customer and employee information properly.

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Second video discussing CardersMarket.com

In this video, we highlight CardersMarket’s position. CardersMarket.com states that they’re just allowing a place for illegal activitiy to be discussed, and not really participating in any illegal activity themselves.
Carder’s Market points out that it isn’t a crime to discuss illegal activity (at least not in the United States and many other free-thinking countries). When that discussion turns into action is when there is a crime which actually occurs.
It’s a super-gray line that is being walked here, and not one which I’m a fan of.
However, watch the video below and make your own determination of what’s actually going on at www.cardersmarket.com.

Identity Theft Is Okay When used for a job? New York Times Article

The New York Times ran a large article spread today covering something we have been talking about for a long time: Identity theft isn’t just about financial gain.
Oh really? You mean that those cute Citibank ads aren’t really explaining the whole problem of Identity Theft to me?

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