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Old 06-18-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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If you buy a used PC with an OS on it, how do you check for keylogger or other "phone home" software? Is there such a thing, where the guy selling it is a scammer that sends info from you to him, such as bank passwords?
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simple: Wipe it clean and start from scratch.
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Formatting the drive and re-installing is best. Is there a reason not to?
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Of course... it could be a hardware item also... hidden within.....
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For the paranoid: 96% accuracy by hearing your keyboard alone

http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/r...9/14_key.shtml
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Formatting the drive and re-installing is best. Is there a reason not to?
Time, laziness, inconvenience.

BTW the laptop had freshly installed XP SP2 when I got it, and it has the Windows Genuine sticker under it. It was a corporate lease return Dell D610.
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If you have any concerns, format and reinstall.

Otherwise you can create a new profile to log into, install new AV software like microsoft's home securty essentials, use the command netstat -an to see if any strange ports are open and cross your fingers.

Security is often inconvenient.
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Just reinstall brah. If it's got a key and license underneath it won't give you any hassle and it only takes like an hour. Also, if you have a license, it's legal to download.
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