Malware infections run the gamut, from viruses that destroy data and erase your files to programs that silently collect data on where you go and what you do. Keyloggers are among the most insidious of malware infections, and the damage they do can be widespread and extremely dangerous.
One of the worst things about keyloggers is their silence. Once in place, those keylogging programs work under the radar, recording every keystroke, capturing user names and passwords and tracking everything you do online.
In many cases, you may not know there is a keylogger in place, at least not until your bank accounts are emptied and your identity is stolen. By then it could be too late, and recovering from the damage could be both expensive and time-consuming. But if you can catch a keylogger early, you will have time to react; by cleaning your computer and clearing away the infection. Here are five early warning signs that could indicate a keylogger has been installed on your device.
A slowdown in online response time
Keyloggers do not just steal your data; they also sap your bandwidth. A sudden slowdown in online performance or website response time should be cause for concern.
Problems with your antivirus software
Some keyloggers turn off antivirus programs and other protection, allowing them to slip under the radar. If your antivirus software is experiencing problems, a keylogger could be to blame.
New icons in your system tray
If you have not installed new software, you should not see new icons on your desktop or unusual symbols in the system tray.
Increased hard drive activity
If your hard drive is busy and you are not doing anything, the keylogger could be sending its data to a hacker or uploading it to a cloud account.
A drop in storage space
Keylogger programs will take up space on your computer hard drive or mobile device, so monitor your free space and do a full scan if you suspect a problem.
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