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.