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Golden Eye

CNET Editors' review

More a private investigator than a corporate supersleuth, Golden Eye is a capable, easy-to-use system spy. It tracks almost everything that happens on a PC, including keystrokes, clipboard contents, visited Web sites, launched programs, viewed documents, and instant messages. It also can take screenshots at set intervals. Importantly, it protects itself quite well against smart users.

It can't be seen in Task Manager or the Add/Remove Programs control panel, and it requires a password to uninstall or change settings. The tabbed interface is well organized, but we found the cramped display inconvenient for viewing data. Luckily, Golden Eye can dump reports to HTML. However, it can't send reports via e-mail or FTP, making it useful mainly to homes and small businesses.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "the best i used so far"

    June 14, 2010  |   By lendin2

    Version: Golden Eye 4.5

    Pros

    it basicly give me everything i need to know and more about the usage of my pc while i am away ,easy to you use ,and hides well

    Cons

    the name that gives it away ,of course for someone who knows about pc

    Summary

    i am aperson very much attached to little details and i have tried and used many programmes of this type and 99% were just short of some hidden corners i needed to know ,however the whole idea of this programm Goldeneye is excellent it actually gives more than you ask for and this is appreciated ,i would ecommend it to any one.
    The only down side of it is ,it does not support the arabic language all characters typed in arabic comes in funny symbols my pc support the arabic language ,otherwise thumbs up

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazingly wonderful!"

    February 7, 2009  |   By Tantric79

    Version: Golden Eye 4.5

    Pros

    Does exactly what is says it does, IF you know your way around a computer pretty well.

    Cons

    Bogs the system down a little bit, but if you know how to boost performance, you'll be okay.

    Summary

    You really must know your way around a computer to use this. Furthermore, the person you are spying on needs to NOT know their way around a computer so that it will not be found. The screen shot feature is great, I used it to take screen shots every 20 seconds. Perfect program to catch a cheating spouse.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works okay, but has a few bugs."

    January 15, 2009  |   By richardbruer

    Version: Golden Eye 4.5

    Pros

    I'm running this with Windows XP, and for the most part it works fine. Have been using it for about 9 months. Stays clandestine. Software only takes screen captures when computer is in use (stops when it is idle).

    Cons

    Software is set up to do screen captures once per minute, but more than half of those just create a 0kB JPEG file without a real picture. Also, some keystrokes are not captured (such as ENTER and TAB. Mouse clicks are not captured either.

    Summary

    No perfect, but has for the most part accomplished what I wanted, which was to help me spot check the activity of the kids on the computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "works but not secretly"

    July 28, 2008  |   By SOMEBODYELSE2222

    Version: Golden Eye 4.5

    Pros

    works somewhat

    Cons

    kept popping up 'golden eye' every so often so i had to delete it before a certain somebody else seen it

    Summary

    noway.....obviously this type of program needs to be secretly running and not in any way apparent to others but the one downloading it and this does not do that...it would not stay hidden and kept popping up so I had to uninstall it within a day

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  • 3.0 stars

    "does what it is supposed to but bogs down your system"

    July 24, 2008  |   By karinasucks

    Version: Golden Eye 4.5

    Pros

    It records the keystrokes and websites visited.

    Cons

    It did not default to auto start on Windows startup, so I missed an important opportunity. My system is running really slow with the keylogger on, so my husband knows that something is up with the computer.

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