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    RE: Checking Security

    I'm aware that it is possible to install 'spy' software that records keystrokes and can also read emails. Is there a package I can dowload that will tell me if there is any such software running in the backbround on my computer, which is a multi-user machine? In particular, software that reads my emails. Many thanks.

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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    What operating system? What email program do you use, version and name? Do you have administrative privileges?

    Run a full virus scan and use an ad detection program. Lounge favorites are AdAware and Spybot. If you are using a firewall, check its logs to see if something is trying to get on the Internet. If you do not have a firewall, get one now!

    The answer to your question is not so easy. Some of it will depend on how deep you want to dig and how familiar you are with what is normally running. Software like this, along with trojans and virii, can be written to draw little notice and escape detection. I recall finding the Sub7 trojan once and once I learned about it it was scary. In the Windows 2000 task manager, you could not detect it as a running process. if you are concerned that this is happening, do not put your faith into any one tool, but use all the proper tools you can find. Do not forget to research, research, research either. You are looking for a program that was designed to be sneaky.
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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    Windows XP SP(2), Outlook 2000 and I have admin privileges. Thanks for prog details.

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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    You may want to look at AppsTrakka, which loads on start-up, and logs what programmes are executed etc. Only downside is that it does not load if the PC is started in safe mode.
    With Apps Trakka you can then scan the logs for what others have done on your PC. HTH
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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 15-Dec-03 10:52. )</P>For those of you that follow this type of horror stories, or are interested in some of the problems you can get into, you should check the link below. OUCH!! <img src=/S/ouch.gif border=0 alt=ouch width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>

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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for a good link!!
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    Re: RE: Checking Security

    Farmer,
    Steve Gibson's site he has an internet vunerability profiler, Sheilds Up, which tests for file sharing and port security holes. I use Spybot and AdAware on my home machines and install these apps on all the machines I configure at work. I run each program at least once a week on each machine I use. NOTE: you should always update the file libraries before running these apps.

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