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A beginners guide on how to remove keyloggers

1 This post will introduce a simple and free keylogger removal utility, but let us first know a little bit more about Keyloggers.

Keystroke Logging, often called Keylogging, is the dubious art of capturing and recording Keystrokes as you type on your keyboard. The sole purpose of Keylogger spyware is to spy on your data, collect sensitive information and provide it to others for fraudulent uses, although sometimes keylogger software are also used for benign purposes also.

There are basically Three Categories of Keyloggers.

  • Hardware Keyloggers: They are physically connected either within your keyboard or between your keyboard and your PC.
  • Keylogger Software: They reside within your PC software.
  • Other Types of Keyloggers: Besides the above types, there are other types of keyloggers also like Remote Access software Keyloggers,  Remote Access Hardware Keyloggers also known as Wireless Hardware Keyloggers, Wireless Keylogger sniffers and Acoustic Keylogger, but are not so common.

How to get rid of Keyloggers:

Hardware Keyloggers can be easily prevented, if you are vigilant enough. You just have to be more careful while allowing access to your hardware. And if you cannot avoid it, just keep regular watch on the cables and keyboards.

To remove Keylogger Software, there are multiple techniques used, depending upon the type of keylogger program being used. Following techniques are commonly used by the anti keyloggers.

  • Use Anti-spywares: Many of the keylogger freeware are able to detect most of the keylogger freeware and remove them. So use a good quality Anti-Spyware program.
  • Use Good Firewalls: Firewalls do not remove keyloggers but they spy keyloggers and prevent the data being transacted by them to their remote masters.
  • Automatic form filler programs: This is a smart way to secretly enter your username and password without using keyboards. Something like Google Toolbar. But if you prefer to disable keyloggers in this manner then you have to be sure of the form filler program and that should be trustworthy.
  • Web Based Keyboards: The are also used to prevent keylogger activities. Many websites provide an online keyboard just near the username and password fields. You can use them through your mouse. No Keyboards keys are used and hence you avoid keylogger detection.
  • There are many other techniques like use of Alternative keyboard layouts, Speech Recognitions, Handwriting recognition etc., which are not that popular but are effective to disable Keylogger activities.

If you want to have a decent free anti keylogger software and not in the mood to search more, then KeyScrambler is a FREE download to stop Keylogger. KeyScrambler Anti Keylogger is also available as a browser addon for Firefox 3. You can safely download it from Mozilla Firefox 3 addon site. KeyScrambler has released the latest version of this useful Anti Keylogger program.

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Software Updates Scan for your Installed Programs

Why you need a Software Update Scan

Free Web tool for Software Update ScanToday’s PCs are loaded with lots of softwares, which require regular updating them with the latest release provided by the developer of that software application. This software updating is also important to keep you safe from the potential software vulnerabilities and threats. Programs such as anti-virus, personal firewall, and anti-spyware are great for protection, but they do not protect you from software vulnerabilities, for which you have to do a software update scan and update your programs.

But you never know, which software is now old and has a latest release available for download.

How to do a Software Update Scan

There are lots of tools available on Internet for this purpose, some free and some paid. Secunia PSI is one such FREE software update scanning tool, which helps you secure your computer from software vulnerabilities. This great web tool, also searches for the software, which have now gone dead, and lets you decide whether you want to keep it or remove it.

Overall a nice useful and FREE webtool.


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Easy file encryption in Windows XP

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File Encryption is a process by which you convert the contents of a file so as to make them unreadable to others, unless permission is granted to them. There are many ways, utilities, software codes available for file encryption, some are free and some bear a price tag depending upon the complexity and features.

But many people don’t know that their own, Windows XP has a feature by which you can easily encrypt a file and make it unusable to the other users of the PC. But you need to have the file system converted to NTFS for this method to work.

How to Encrypt a File in Windows XP

Follow these simple steps.

  • Open Windows Explorer and right click on the icon of the file or folder to be encrypted.
  • Click on the Advanced button on General tab.

  • Check the Encrypt contents to secure data check box, and then click OK.

  • Save your settings, and you are through.

This will disallow other users to open the file and also restrict them from moving or copying the file to other locations.

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Create Hack Proof Strong Passwords easily

Creation of strong passwords is the key to online safety these days. With the rapid increase in the web applications, which require you to register with them, there are virtually hundreds of passwords, which an average Internet user has to create to sustain his online presence. Remembering these passwords is a bit tedious work, and because of this, most of us tend to create passwords, which are just easy to remember, often overlooking whether somebody can hack passwords or not. And also repeat these passwords for more than one services.

However, this leaves a hole in our defence against potential online threats. These passwords, which are not that strong, can be hacked sometimes by experts of this dubious art. These masters know the weaknesses of people to create passwords with birthdays, own names, spouse or children names, zip codes and so on.

So how to create hack proof passwords easily

This discussion brings us to a trade off, where you tend to give up the security for convenience. But I have been using a simple trick for years, which gives me fairly strong passwords, without making them difficult to remember.

I, just like any other person, think of some moderately strong password made up of only alphabets, which is easy to remember and modify it with following thumb rules.

  • Replace all ‘l’ with ‘|’.
  • Replace all ‘a’ with ‘@’.
  • Replace all ‘s’ with ‘$’.
  • Replace all ‘i’ with ‘!’.
  • Replace all ‘o’ with ‘0’.

For instance…

  • A “silki’ becomes ‘$!|k!’ .
  • A “webtoolsandtips” becomes “webt00|$@t!p$”.
  • A “windowsxp” becomes “w!nd0w$xp”.

This gives me some really hack proof passwords. Can you hack them easily ?

BTW, PC Hacks has written a neat tip about an effective way to password recovery, which allows you to change your Windows Login password without knowing the previous password. Go, check that out.

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How to clear the history in My Recent Documents Folder


This blog has earlier written two posts on How to delete browser history, which you can find here and here.

These were helpful tips to use, if you are working on a shared computer, which is also used by others. But these tips can only work to erase your history as far as your use of Internt is concerned.

The history about your offline use, I mean whatever document files you have worked on, are stored in the My Recent Documents folder, and anybody using the computer after you can see, which files you have used last.

So, how to erase files from My Recent Documents

Follow these steps:

  • Right-click Start > Click Properties.
  • Click Customize < Advanced tab.
  • Under Recent documents, click Clear List, and save your settings.

This action doesn’t delete the documents from your PC.

There is another option. You can right click any document in the My Recent Document List and select Delete, but this will delete the document from your PC, which you may not like.

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How to delete browser history…Part I

Modern Web browsers are smart. They are fast, they are intelligent and are able to record every activity of yours in their history. This gives them speed. With the stored browser history and their cache, they are able to quickly retreive web pages, which you often visit.

Recording your browsing history has many advantages, but every good thing is associated with an evil. The world is like that.

And this browser feature is no exception. The obvious disadvantage is that it breaches your privacy. Anybody, who opens you computer in your absense may know, which websites you had visited in the past.

What information is stored in browser history

Following are the main types of information, which is generally stored by the browsers.

Cookies: These are the small text files used by Web sites to store information like site customizations, previous search results, or login names. Since most of the cookies are named after their website, they can easily reveal where you had gone in the past.

History: Recorded by the browser to let you search the past, in case you have forgotten to bookmark an important page visited earlier.

Forms: The information like various user names, billing addresses, phone numbers are the sensitive information, which is used by the browsers so that you don’t need to type them again and again. But this information can easily be misused by others.

Cache: The earlier visited pictures and web pages are temporirily stored so that if you visit next time, the page is quickly loaded. So, now you come to know, how important information is stored in your browser history.

So, how to clear the browser history

Different browsers adopt different methods. We will quickly let you know about them

Internet Explorer

  • Click Tools>>Options.
  • To delete cookies, go to General tab. Click the Delete Cookies button.
  • To clear your history, click the Clear History button. If you want to selectively delete the web pages, then Click History button in the IE main menu window. A side bar will appear with all the sites you have visited in recent past. Use right Click > Delete.
  • To clear cache, click the Delete Files button. Check the “Delete all offline content” check box and then click OK.
  • To clear form information, Click on the Content tab > AutoComplete button. Then click the Clear Forms button.

With these four steps, now your Internet Explorer is almost clear of your history.

Look out this space to learn how to clear your browser history in Firefox and Opera.

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BugMeNot| Access websites without registration

Many of the websites require registration before you can use see the contents. During this registration process, you have to think of username, a password and give your email address, to which they send a confirmation link.

This whole process is time consuming sometimes very irritating and is prone to spamming. Many times, this process is useless also because many users not only give fake geographical information but also use dummy email addresses just for the registration purpose.


Here enters BugMeNot.

It is a website, which allows you to access a huge database of login and passwords maintained by them. You can use these for accessing he content of such sites for free. For this purpose you have to visit the site BugMeNot.com and enter the link where you are being asked to get registered. They will provide you the username and password.

But it is again troublesome to find time to visit this site.

So, here comes their bookmarklet.

It just sits in your browser’s bookmark toolbar. and you just have to click it from the same page, where you are being asked to get registered.

Now, this is simple, and useful. Isn’t it.

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