PC Tools Upgrades Anti-Spyware With Improved Keylogger Protection
Spyware Doctor 3.2 also adds partial support for realtime protection, improved protection against spyware that attempts to re-install itself after it's been uninstalled by users, and against harmful cookies.
PC Tools plans on Tuesday to upgrade its anti-spyware software with improved protection against keyloggers.
The anti-keylogging in Spyware Doctor 3.2 looks for patterns of behavior in keylogging software, including software that attempts to access the keyboard API, replace the keyboard driver, or attempts to hide its processes from system management tools.
It also looks to see whether keystroke-logging software has a GUI, on the theory that most software that doesn't have a user interface is probably spyware.
Looking for keyloggers by behavior rather than signatures improves the speed at which keyloggers can be detected, said company CEO Simon Clausen.
"If you have a keylogger on your system for an hour or two hours it's a major threat if you logged into an online banking site in that time. You can't have it sitting on your site for a week or a month waiting for signatures to get updated," he said.
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