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aSpy

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This PC-monitoring tool keeps tabs on your kid's computer activity, though you'll barely have time to check it out. The tool, aSpy, gives an unreasonably stingy 30 minutes during its trial, but fortunately we like what we see. Initially, the program launches immediately following installation, after which it can be called out of hiding using a quick hot-key combo and password. You'll be able to capture screenshots at user-specified intervals, record all keyloggers, programs launched, and view the Clipboard contents. Logged reports can be saved and viewed in TXT or HTML format or sent to your e-mail address. Despite our attempts, we were pleased to find aSpy couldn't be disabled or uninstalled without the password, protecting its efforts from computer-savvy youngsters. While it doesn't provide parental controls, parents looking to keep an eye on their kid's computer activity won't be disappointed with aSpy.

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    "Not Worth Paying For....Should be FREE"

    March 12, 2009  |   By richardtims

    Version: aSpy 2.11

    Pros

    The Log that it does capture is decently displayed, but that is if it captures it

    Cons

    Where do I start.....Doesn't log keystrokes on Internet Windows, Chatrooms, or Instant messengers, the three main areas that I was looking for. Screen Capture doesn't work w/multi-users. Tech Support never responds. Also, not completely invisible.

    Summary

    I got this program because I found out that my daughter was going places she shouldn't be going on the computer. Instead of keeping her away from our computer, I decided to install a Spy program so that I could keep an eye on her activity. I would rather her go to websites in my house instead of going to her friends house and doing it there where I have no control. I did alot of research and fell upon A-Spy. On the cover, it looks great. I installed it on my Vista computer and the first thing I saw is a system window pop up for about 2 seconds in the task bar. This happens EVERY time you log in, not just the first. So much for being stealth. I was ok with this pop-up as it is quick and you do not see it unless you are looking at the bottom of the screen. But, I went to the websites that she likes to visit and typed away, NO KEYSTROKES were recorded. I logged back into the control panel of the program and it did record my keystrokes which was my password. So, I opened up instant messenger, same thing....NOTHING. I did open a Word document and started typing and it worked for that. So, it works for programs running on the computer, but not for websites and internet stuff. Also, if you have your children on a seperate user account on Vista, it doesn't capture the screen shots like it says it will for non-administrator users, taking away your parental controls that are built into Vista. Lastly, if you exit the program by pressing the red "X" instead of clicking the "Hide" button, it kills the program completely and you have to restart the computer to get it restarted. I tried to email tech support to see if there are patches that are in place to fix these things. I gave up after sending 3 emails to them. I had high hopes for this program. Stay away from this program if possible. OH, one more thing, when you go to register the product, it doesn't cost $39.00 like it says it does, they collect an additional fee of $4.00 just to purchase the program. I did this through the program key registration built into the program itself and not a third party. There is no way out of this fee because they do not accept mailed payments. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. I am saddened that this program did not work. I am off looking for another one. Wish me luck :) !!!

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