ScreenWings defends you from screenshotting malware

By: Costea Lestoc
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ScreenWings is a tool designed by Windows preventing malicious software from capturing your screen. It is a really convenient program since you don’t have to install it and there’s no need for services or drivers. It also offers a basic interface: a gray window with a close button together with an icon of a monitor, or more if you’re using more monitors. The best part is that you can even use it from a USB key whenever you need.

When you want to disable the screen capture, just click on the screen icon which represents the target monitor. It will turn black, showing you that other apps cannot see the screen anymore. After that, you will see the close button on the top right will turn into an arrow. If you click it, ScreenWings will be minimized and it will appear in your system tray.

If you’re not sure whether it works, you can try several screenshot tools while keeping the protection active. You will notice that though it might seem that it works, the images it takes are completely black. Thus, nobody can see the contents of your desktop.

However, the things aren’t so bright when it comes to memory use. ScreenWings initially uses around 12MB of memory, but after testing it showed up to 175 MB used. Most likely, the program uses some RAM in order to work but doesn’t let it go immediately after you stop it. This might happen because of a bug or because the RAM is being used by something else. However, there is a small chance it can crash your system, but this is a risk for any program if you have a small amount of RAM. All in all, it’s a great tool that protects your privacy with an easy interface too.

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