System Surveillance Pro

System Surveillance Pro

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 152 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,074,320
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 02, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (7-day trial); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,025
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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This snooping utility provides almost all the features essential for monitoring a PC, but we were especially impressed with its stealthiness. System Surveillance Pro logs keystrokes, IM chats, applications used, and Web sites visited, and can capture screenshots at user-defined periodic intervals.

The interface makes it easy to locate any log file you need to access. System Surveillance Pro can block Web sites via URLs or detected keywords, and includes a scheduler in case you don't need to monitor PC usage at all times. Like most respectable spying applications, it will send you e-mail reports so you can keep an eye on your computer from a remote location. We doubt even the cleverest users will be able to detect the program while it's running or uninstall it.

To open its control panel, you must use the Start menu's Run command, and even if someone finds the application, they'll still need your password to disable it. The utility can't be stopped via the Task Manager, nor uninstalled through the Control Panel or the Program Files folder. Installation is very touchy, and all non-essential programs--even those running in the background--must be shut down for the installation to work. Also, the seven-day trial period is too short for our tastes, but since System Surveillance Pro provides effective protection against even savvy folks, we still think it's a good find.

 
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1 stars

"WAY too easily found/removed..."

April 07, 2012  |  By BigGuns149

 |  Version: System Surveillance Pro 6.8

Pros

Records keystrokes and screenshots with quite a bit of ability to configure when screenshots are taken (e.g. stop after idle for a period of time, by time, by click, varying quality levels, etc.). You can also manage multiple machines that share a common database location that can be on a central server. You can limit to only certain logins (e.g. exclude sysadmin) and the keylogger feature provides not only the keystrokes, but also the title of window in use so that there is context.

Cons

This is easily detected by quite a few major AV software programs so it is easily removed so this doesn't seem well suited if you want to hide this from the person you are tracking. I also discovered that *NONE* of the files appear to be encrypted. To make matters worse the user that you are tracking MUST have read/write access to the directory that stores the DB. Anyone being tracked could theoretically modify it to their hearts' content and unless you were really observant you wouldn't even realize it. The documentation seems thin and they don't offer phone support that I can tell.

For the purposes for an organization larger than a few dozen desktops this would be difficult to deploy because afaik there is no scripting support for install or activation of the software.

I noticed a dramatic uptick in complaints about performance on the machines that I was monitoring. Between this and the other issues I couldn't recommend using this in *any* business environment.

Summary

If you want to monitor small children this might be worth the money(it is pretty cheap), but for anyone who wants something that is truly stealth from the person you are monitoring they are going to be disappointed. Even for home users I think this software is kinda disappointing. Finding monitoring software that can't be easily detected is hard, but this is easily detected and despite promises of updates even the updates didn't hide it any better.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.8
Version 6.8 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Golden Plains Software
Publisher web site http://www.gpsoftdev.com/
Release Date April 02, 2012
Date Added April 02, 2012
Version 6.8
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.24MB
File Name sspro_72_setup.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,074,320
Downloads Last Week 1,025
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 7-day trial
Price $29.95

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