CNET Editors' review
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.system surveillance Pro - Monitor your PC activity - Download Video Previews:
From Golden Plains Software:
Are you a concerned parent in need of parental control software to monitor your children online or an employer who needs to restrict employee computer usage? SSPro is the award winning all-in-one computer monitoring software product that has become an essential tool for concerned parents and network administrators. SSPro will log keystrokes typed - keylogger, monitor applications run, track websites visited, record instant message conversations and capture screenshots of the computer desktop. Logged data is neatly organized by machine name and date and is displayed with the current Windows login as well as the corresponding time of activity. SSPro's mini-screenshot viewer keeps screen shots in-sync with the data log entries, providing an excellent method to visually verify the history log. While users can take advantage of SSPro's built-in pornographic keyword list to filter adult / sex related websites, users can also define their own keyword lists. Then, when a keyword is encountered, SSPro can take specific actions such as blocking the web site, chat program, or sending an alert email with details of the event. Users can also configure SSPro to deliver entire password protected log files and screen shots to remote locations at specified intervals. Website blocking based on "Approved" and "Blocked" lists allow users to limit which URLs can be accessed. Using this powerful feature, users can easily block all websites except for the ones they approve. Users can even specify specific websites that should receive increased snapshot monitoring, perfect for various web-based social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Meebo. More than just a simple key logger, keystroke logger or spy program, some of SSPro's best features include Internet content filtering, central monitoring for multiple machines on a network or LAN, activity reports, image expiration, PC idle awareness, selective user monitoring, scheduling, optional warning messages and web / chat use time limits. SSPro supports most of the top chat and web browser programs including AIM, AOL, Yahoo IM, MSN Messenger, Windows live Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, Internet Explorer - IE, Netscape, Firefox and Chrome. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported with one install. Whether you are a parent, business, library, school or government entity evaluating Internet filters, keyloggers or security software, you'll find SSPro's free 7 day trial has much to offer.
What's new in this version: Version 6.8 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
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"WAY too easily found/removed..."
Version: System Surveillance Pro 6.8
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.
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.
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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