Keyloggers are software designed to record keystrokes and actions on a desktop or laptop. For example, they can record applications that are opened and closed, print activity or copied clipboard content. Illegitimate keylogger software is sometimes included within malware. However, there are also more legitimate keylogger programs designed for business purposes.
Anti-keylogger software detects and removes keyloggers. They will at least encrypt keystrokes so that keylogger software is of little use to anybody. As such, anti-keylogger programs can be considered a type of anti-virus software. However, they flag and remove all keylogger software whether they’re legitimate or not. Below are five effective anti-keylogger programs for Windows.
Best anti-keylogger software to install on your PC
Zemana AntiLogger (suggested)
Zemana AntiLogger is a highly rated anti-keylogger software for Windows currently retailing at $25.95, but you can try out a 15-day trial of the program before you buy. This doesn’t just detect keyloggers, it removes and quarantines them. It also encrypts keystrokes to further defeat keyloggers. Zemana AntiLogger provides real-time scanning and enables users to initiate scans for more specific files and folders. Users can also schedule deep system scans that thoroughly scan PCs for keyloggers.
Keylogger Detector isn’t quite as effective as Zemana AntiLogger, but it provides a solid shield from keylogger malware. A single, regular license for the program is available at $19.95 on the publisher’s website. This anti-keylogger software enables users to quarantine and remove keylogger software, but it doesn’t provide any keystroke encryption. You can also scan files and folders for malware with this program. However, it doesn’t include scheduling options for scanning. Nevertheless, with deep system and real-time scanning, Keylogger Detector is still a strong anti-keylogger package.
Ghostpress is freeware anti-keylogger software you can add to Windows by pressing the Download button on the program’s website. Although it might seem a relatively basic anti-keylogger program compared with some of the best proprietary packages, the software effectively conceals your keystrokes from keyloggers. Another advantage of this software is that it’s portable, so you can launch it from USB devices. Ghostpress has a customizable widget that gives users a handy shortcut to disable or enablewh protection mode. In addition, users can also add software exceptions to a whitelist.
KeyScrambler is anti-keylogger software that has both a freeware and Premium version, which is currently retailing at a discounted $44.99. The Personal version only secures keystrokes in browsers, but KeyScrambler Premium is undoubtedly one of the best keyboard encryption programs. The software encrypts keystrokes in up to 300 standalone apps with both Blowfish 128-bit and RSA 1024-bit encryption. In addition, KeyScrambler also encrypts the keystrokes in real-time so you can see the encryption process in a green box as in the snapshot directly below. However, the program doesn’t quarantine or remove keyloggers or include any scanning tools. Nevertheless, this is still a great keystroke encryption tool.
Guarded ID Premium
Guarded ID Premium is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 and macOS platforms and retails for $19.99. This is also anti-keylogger software limited to keystroke encryption. It boasts military-grade 256-bit encryption code that extends to USB, Bluetooth and international keyboards. This program incorporates CryptoColor that provides some visual verification to highlight what input it’s encrypting. The software also does a little more than merely encrypt, as it also blocks screen-scraping malware. However, it lacks scanning tools and doesn’t erase keyloggers.
Overall, there isn’t an especially wide variety of anti-keylogger software for Windows. Those are a few of the more effective anti-keylogger programs that provide keystroke encryptions and scanning tools. Note that anti-virus software will also remove keylogger malware.
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