Keystroke keyholer

Capture keystrokes on the Q.T. with this stealthy logger.

This aptly named program offers a detailed look at the browsing habits of anyone using your computer. Despite a few minor interface annoyances, it's a capable tool for capturing keystrokes.

At first glance, Keylog Detective's interface appears a bit cluttered, but it's easy to navigate. Prominent buttons for capturing and viewing keystroke information line the top and left side of the window. Click the Start Capture button and the program will immediately start recording your every move. You can view each session's keystroke details as well as any Web sites visited or programs accessed. The program's Playback feature even lets you view the entire session, although most of the window for viewing the actual visited Web sites was cut off from view and could not be resized. Still, we liked the program's capability to run in stealth mode, requiring specific commands to summon it from hiding. For even more protection, you can set the program not to appear on your Add/Remove Programs list. The Options menu offers encryption and password features that can keep unauthorized users from accessing the program itself. The Schedule feature also works well for capturing browsing information while you're away. Should you need it, a Help file is available, but most users should get the hang of the program after playing around with it for a few minutes.

Keylog Detective has a seven-day trial. It leaves program folders behind after it's uninstalled. We recommend this keystroke logger program for all users who need to see where their browser's been.

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