Sep 30, 2013

What is the BEST Anti Keylogger and Anti Screen Capture Software?





Security experts consider keylogging as the most dangerous threat because it allows cyber criminals to capture everything you type on your keyboard. This includes passwords so that they can gain access to your online accounts such as your email, banking, forums, websites and etc to steal valuable information. If keystroke logging is not damaging enough, your webcam, screen, clipboard and microphone can also be secretly captured and logged without your knowledge.


There are a couple of different methods to protect yourself against keyloggers. First you can use an on-screen virtual keyboard where your mouse will be used to select the keys when entering your password instead of typing it from the physical keyboard that is logged. A good antivirus can also recognize some of the known and unknown keyloggers through virus definition or heuristic analysis. Finally, a dedicated anti keylogging tool that constantly monitors the behavior of running applications and notifies you if it detects any potential keylogging activity.


In this article we’ll be putting 3 anti keylogging programs named Zemana AntiLogger, SpyShelter Premium and DataGuard AntiKeylogger to the test with real keylogging tools that are popular and widely being used to determine the effectiveness of each program.



1. Zemana AntiLogger


Zemana AntiLogger is a program we’ve mentioned a lot over the years because it’s been one of the leading tools to block several different types of hack methods. The shareware version of AntiLogger costs $29.95+taxes although they sometimes have giveaways for a free 1 year license, worth keeping an eye out for. Zemana also claims to be fully compatible with nearly every antivirus/security package available, there is a compatibility chart on their website so you can check beforehand.


Zemana AntiLogger



Apart from the basic keystroke protect which is what the free version of Zemana features, the full version also offers Anti-SSL logging protection against banking trojans and SSL sniffers, a screen capture prevention module to block image grabs of your desktop activity, protection against copying Clipboard data, and a module to stop hijacking of connected webcams and microphones. The System Defense feature blocks against several types of attack that try to inject DLL code, load low level kernel drivers, or modify the system registry/memory. Zemana AntiLogger is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit).


Note: The “Free” version of Zemana AntiLogger only encrypt keystrokes and does not notify nor block any detected keylogging activity. It’s a very different method to protecting against keyloggers and you can read more about the keystroke encryption test that we’ve done.


Download Zemana AntiLogger




2. SpyShelter Premium


While SpyShelter also offers a cut down free personal version of it’s Stop-Logger application, one of the crucial advantages the premium version offers is full support for 64-bit systems, the free version is 32-bit only. Note the keystroke encryption driver for SpyShelter does not work on Windows XP systems. SpyShelter Premium is available in single or 5 user packs starting from €20 for a years protection for 1 user. Windows XP up to Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) is supported.


SpyShelter Premium



SpyShelter Premium has a number of defense modules including kernel mode keylogger protection with keystroke encryption, webcam and VOIP audio hacking protection, clipboard data hacking prevention, an anti-screen capture module, and also a System Defense guard that acts as a Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to protect critical areas from code injection such as memory and the registry. An Internet Security module blocks trojans and hack attempts through SSL, HTTPS, POP, SMTP and FTP. Suspicious files can be sent to the Virus Total online scanner with a click of the mouse.


Download SpyShelter Premium




3. DataGuard AntiKeylogger


DataGuard AntiKeylogger is at a disadvantage from the outset because none of its product line has been updated for a few years, that also includes their more user friendly NextGen AntiKeylogger products. As a consequence, DataGuard AntiKeylogger does not work on Windows 8 and supports Windows 2000 SP4 to Windows 7 32-bit versions only. Prices range from the Free basic version up to the Ultimate version we’re looking at here, priced at $59.


DataGuard AntiKeylogger Ultimate



DataGuard AntiKeylogger Ultimate offers protection against several different methods of keylogging, Windows clipboard monitoring, protection against capturing screenshots, and text blocking to prevent capturing text from opened documents and windows. Keyboard filters, DirectX based and kernel level keyloggers can also be blocked. The kernel level message filters will only work on Windows 2000 and XP.


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Memory Usage Test to See Which is the Lightest Antivirus Software





One of the most common things users do to try and keep their computer running as smooth as possible, is keep control over which programs start with Windows. Having just a few memory or processor hungry programs loading into the system tray on boot can have an adverse affect on the performance of your computer. One of the most common applications that will load with Windows and stay resident in the background while the system is on, will be your chosen antivirus software. Have you ever wondered which are the lightest antivirus packages available and which ones don’t do so well on memory usage?


It’s maybe not such a major issue for newer computers these days having an antivirus which isn’t especially memory efficient because they often come equipped with 4GB or more of RAM. But if your computer isn’t the latest and greatest, using a package which might possibly be eating hundreds of Megabytes of system memory could slow your computer down considerably at inopportune moments. To find out just how much memory gets used by running antivirus software, we’ve decided to gather together a mixture of 25 popular commercial and free antivirus packages to see how they perform.



How We Tested


As you might expect, testing an antivirus product for its memory usage is certainly not an exact science because the program is never standing still and nearly always doing something in the background. A problem with taking memory readings is there are several different numbers you can look at. The two memory readings we paid most attention to were “Working Set” and “Private Working Set” (WS Private), which do two things:



  • Working Set – This is the amount of memory used by the process PLUS the amount of memory that is shared with other processes. As such, this value isn’t truly accurate because shared memory can be double counted due to the same resource being registered in multiple processes. It does though represent the maximum amount of non virtual memory in use by the process. This is the default memory column in the Windows XP Task Manager.



  • Private Working Set – Is similar to Working Set, but excludes the shared memory. This is only the the amount of memory in use by the process itself and isn’t shared among other processes. Private Working Set is perhaps a more accurate indication of how much physical memory the process itself is using, and is also the default memory column for Task Manager in Windows Vista/7/8.


process explorer working set ws private



We decided to approach this task by gathering memory readings over a period of time. 10 readings were taken for each product at 30 second intervals, totaling 5 minutes of monitoring during idle and another 5 minutes while running a scan. The average score was then taken for each antivirus with all processes created by the application added together. All antivirus software was fully updated before testing using windows 7 32-bit, and the memory readings were taken using Sysinternals Process Explorer.


Below are the results for each antivirus package along with the average Working Set and Private Working Set scores in Kilobytes (KB) while idle and during a scan. The software is in reverse order with the heaviest Private Working Set usage for idle and scan combined listed first, going down to the lowest score and most efficient. If you want to jump straight to the list of results to see how your antivirus got on, they are at the bottom of page 2.


25. ZoneAlarm Free AntiVirus + Firewall 11.0.000.504


ZoneAlarm memory usage



Number of Processes: 4

Processes Monitored: ISWSVC.exe, vsmon.exe, zatray.exe, ForceField.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 223,260

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 191,472


Scan Working Set (KB): 287,443

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 226,222




24. Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 10.2


sophos memory usage



Number of Processes: 7

Processes Monitored: swi_service.exe, SavService.exe, SAVAdminService.exe, ALsvc.exe, ALMon.exe, SavProgress.exe, SavMain.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 216,482

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 192,436


Scan Working Set (KB): 467,817

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 198,452




23. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0.0.21


Emsisoft Anti-Malware memory usage



Number of Processes: 3

Processes Monitored: a2guard.exe, a2service.exe, a2start.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 131,158

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 125,337


Scan Working Set (KB): 251,945

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 240,770




22. Quick Heal AntiVirus Pro 2013


quick heal memory



Number of Processes: 8

Processes Monitored: ScSecSvc.exe, SCANWSCS.EXE, scanner.exe, SAPISSVC.EXE, QUHLPSVC.EXE, OPSSVC.EXE, ONLINENT.EXE, EMLPROXY.EXE


Idle Working Set (KB): 99,090

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 66,134


Scan Working Set (KB): 273,984

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 227,424




21. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013


mcafee antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 9

Processes Monitored: McAPExe.exe, mcinfo.exe, mcods.exe, McSACore.exe, mcshield.exe, McSvHost.exe, mcsvrcnt.exe, McUICnt.exe, mfefire.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 142,375

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 103,518


Scan Working Set (KB): 239,500

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 184,214




20. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 10.5.2.4379


ad-aware antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 4

Processes Monitored: SBAMSvc.exe, adawarebp.exe, AdAware.exe, AdAwareService.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 162,540

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 118,728


Scan Working Set (KB): 189,223

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 144,394




19. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.14.889


bitdefender free memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: gziface.exe, gzserv.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 115,559

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 91,742


Scan Working Set (KB): 135,836

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 115,795




18. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus + 6.0.1215


trend micro titanium memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: uiWatchDog.exe, uiSeAgnt.exe, coreServiceShell.exe, coreFrameworkHost.exe, AMSP_LogServer.exe, WSCStatusController.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 102,208

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 72,754


Scan Working Set (KB): 161,926

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 130,022




17. Avira Free Antivirus 13.0.0.3499


Avira Free memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: avgnt.exe, avguard.exe, avshadow.exe, avwebgrd.exe, sched.exe, avscan.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 63,754

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 41,138


Scan Working Set (KB): 199,264

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 157,750




16. VIPRE Antivirus 2013 6.2.1.10


vipre antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 3

Processes Monitored: SBAMSvc.exe, SBAMTray.exe, SBPIMSvc.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 114,098

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 91,981


Scan Working Set (KB): 134,488

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 104,936




15. NANO Antivirus Free 0.24.0.52214


nano antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: nanosvc.exe, nanoav.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 176,141

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 53,846


Scan Working Set (KB): 287,284

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 131,201




14. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6.0.316.0


ESET NOD32 memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: egui.exe, ekrn.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 93,616

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 76,441


Scan Working Set (KB): 103,244

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 82,913




13. Dr.Web Anti-virus 8.0.8.04230


dr.web memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: dwarkdaemon.exe, dwengine.exe, dwnetfilter.exe, dwscanner.exe, dwservice.exe, spideragent.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 92,006

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 66,822


Scan Working Set (KB): 117,973

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 90,430








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What is the BEST Anti Keylogger and Anti Screen Capture Software?





Security experts consider keylogging as the most dangerous threat because it allows cyber criminals to capture everything you type on your keyboard. This includes passwords so that they can gain access to your online accounts such as your email, banking, forums, websites and etc to steal valuable information. If keystroke logging is not damaging enough, your webcam, screen, clipboard and microphone can also be secretly captured and logged without your knowledge.


There are a couple of different methods to protect yourself against keyloggers. First you can use an on-screen virtual keyboard where your mouse will be used to select the keys when entering your password instead of typing it from the physical keyboard that is logged. A good antivirus can also recognize some of the known and unknown keyloggers through virus definition or heuristic analysis. Finally, a dedicated anti keylogging tool that constantly monitors the behavior of running applications and notifies you if it detects any potential keylogging activity.


In this article we’ll be putting 3 anti keylogging programs named Zemana AntiLogger, SpyShelter Premium and DataGuard AntiKeylogger to the test with real keylogging tools that are popular and widely being used to determine the effectiveness of each program.



1. Zemana AntiLogger


Zemana AntiLogger is a program we’ve mentioned a lot over the years because it’s been one of the leading tools to block several different types of hack methods. The shareware version of AntiLogger costs $29.95+taxes although they sometimes have giveaways for a free 1 year license, worth keeping an eye out for. Zemana also claims to be fully compatible with nearly every antivirus/security package available, there is a compatibility chart on their website so you can check beforehand.


Zemana AntiLogger



Apart from the basic keystroke protect which is what the free version of Zemana features, the full version also offers Anti-SSL logging protection against banking trojans and SSL sniffers, a screen capture prevention module to block image grabs of your desktop activity, protection against copying Clipboard data, and a module to stop hijacking of connected webcams and microphones. The System Defense feature blocks against several types of attack that try to inject DLL code, load low level kernel drivers, or modify the system registry/memory. Zemana AntiLogger is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit).


Note: The “Free” version of Zemana AntiLogger only encrypt keystrokes and does not notify nor block any detected keylogging activity. It’s a very different method to protecting against keyloggers and you can read more about the keystroke encryption test that we’ve done.


Download Zemana AntiLogger




2. SpyShelter Premium


While SpyShelter also offers a cut down free personal version of it’s Stop-Logger application, one of the crucial advantages the premium version offers is full support for 64-bit systems, the free version is 32-bit only. Note the keystroke encryption driver for SpyShelter does not work on Windows XP systems. SpyShelter Premium is available in single or 5 user packs starting from €20 for a years protection for 1 user. Windows XP up to Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) is supported.


SpyShelter Premium



SpyShelter Premium has a number of defense modules including kernel mode keylogger protection with keystroke encryption, webcam and VOIP audio hacking protection, clipboard data hacking prevention, an anti-screen capture module, and also a System Defense guard that acts as a Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to protect critical areas from code injection such as memory and the registry. An Internet Security module blocks trojans and hack attempts through SSL, HTTPS, POP, SMTP and FTP. Suspicious files can be sent to the Virus Total online scanner with a click of the mouse.


Download SpyShelter Premium




3. DataGuard AntiKeylogger


DataGuard AntiKeylogger is at a disadvantage from the outset because none of its product line has been updated for a few years, that also includes their more user friendly NextGen AntiKeylogger products. As a consequence, DataGuard AntiKeylogger does not work on Windows 8 and supports Windows 2000 SP4 to Windows 7 32-bit versions only. Prices range from the Free basic version up to the Ultimate version we’re looking at here, priced at $59.


DataGuard AntiKeylogger Ultimate



DataGuard AntiKeylogger Ultimate offers protection against several different methods of keylogging, Windows clipboard monitoring, protection against capturing screenshots, and text blocking to prevent capturing text from opened documents and windows. Keyboard filters, DirectX based and kernel level keyloggers can also be blocked. The kernel level message filters will only work on Windows 2000 and XP.


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Memory Usage Test to See Which is the Lightest Antivirus Software





One of the most common things users do to try and keep their computer running as smooth as possible, is keep control over which programs start with Windows. Having just a few memory or processor hungry programs loading into the system tray on boot can have an adverse affect on the performance of your computer. One of the most common applications that will load with Windows and stay resident in the background while the system is on, will be your chosen antivirus software. Have you ever wondered which are the lightest antivirus packages available and which ones don’t do so well on memory usage?


It’s maybe not such a major issue for newer computers these days having an antivirus which isn’t especially memory efficient because they often come equipped with 4GB or more of RAM. But if your computer isn’t the latest and greatest, using a package which might possibly be eating hundreds of Megabytes of system memory could slow your computer down considerably at inopportune moments. To find out just how much memory gets used by running antivirus software, we’ve decided to gather together a mixture of 25 popular commercial and free antivirus packages to see how they perform.



How We Tested


As you might expect, testing an antivirus product for its memory usage is certainly not an exact science because the program is never standing still and nearly always doing something in the background. A problem with taking memory readings is there are several different numbers you can look at. The two memory readings we paid most attention to were “Working Set” and “Private Working Set” (WS Private), which do two things:



  • Working Set – This is the amount of memory used by the process PLUS the amount of memory that is shared with other processes. As such, this value isn’t truly accurate because shared memory can be double counted due to the same resource being registered in multiple processes. It does though represent the maximum amount of non virtual memory in use by the process. This is the default memory column in the Windows XP Task Manager.



  • Private Working Set – Is similar to Working Set, but excludes the shared memory. This is only the the amount of memory in use by the process itself and isn’t shared among other processes. Private Working Set is perhaps a more accurate indication of how much physical memory the process itself is using, and is also the default memory column for Task Manager in Windows Vista/7/8.


process explorer working set ws private



We decided to approach this task by gathering memory readings over a period of time. 10 readings were taken for each product at 30 second intervals, totaling 5 minutes of monitoring during idle and another 5 minutes while running a scan. The average score was then taken for each antivirus with all processes created by the application added together. All antivirus software was fully updated before testing using windows 7 32-bit, and the memory readings were taken using Sysinternals Process Explorer.


Below are the results for each antivirus package along with the average Working Set and Private Working Set scores in Kilobytes (KB) while idle and during a scan. The software is in reverse order with the heaviest Private Working Set usage for idle and scan combined listed first, going down to the lowest score and most efficient. If you want to jump straight to the list of results to see how your antivirus got on, they are at the bottom of page 2.


25. ZoneAlarm Free AntiVirus + Firewall 11.0.000.504


ZoneAlarm memory usage



Number of Processes: 4

Processes Monitored: ISWSVC.exe, vsmon.exe, zatray.exe, ForceField.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 223,260

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 191,472


Scan Working Set (KB): 287,443

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 226,222




24. Sophos Endpoint Security and Control 10.2


sophos memory usage



Number of Processes: 7

Processes Monitored: swi_service.exe, SavService.exe, SAVAdminService.exe, ALsvc.exe, ALMon.exe, SavProgress.exe, SavMain.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 216,482

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 192,436


Scan Working Set (KB): 467,817

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 198,452




23. Emsisoft Anti-Malware 7.0.0.21


Emsisoft Anti-Malware memory usage



Number of Processes: 3

Processes Monitored: a2guard.exe, a2service.exe, a2start.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 131,158

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 125,337


Scan Working Set (KB): 251,945

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 240,770




22. Quick Heal AntiVirus Pro 2013


quick heal memory



Number of Processes: 8

Processes Monitored: ScSecSvc.exe, SCANWSCS.EXE, scanner.exe, SAPISSVC.EXE, QUHLPSVC.EXE, OPSSVC.EXE, ONLINENT.EXE, EMLPROXY.EXE


Idle Working Set (KB): 99,090

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 66,134


Scan Working Set (KB): 273,984

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 227,424




21. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013


mcafee antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 9

Processes Monitored: McAPExe.exe, mcinfo.exe, mcods.exe, McSACore.exe, mcshield.exe, McSvHost.exe, mcsvrcnt.exe, McUICnt.exe, mfefire.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 142,375

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 103,518


Scan Working Set (KB): 239,500

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 184,214




20. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 10.5.2.4379


ad-aware antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 4

Processes Monitored: SBAMSvc.exe, adawarebp.exe, AdAware.exe, AdAwareService.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 162,540

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 118,728


Scan Working Set (KB): 189,223

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 144,394




19. Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.14.889


bitdefender free memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: gziface.exe, gzserv.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 115,559

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 91,742


Scan Working Set (KB): 135,836

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 115,795




18. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus + 6.0.1215


trend micro titanium memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: uiWatchDog.exe, uiSeAgnt.exe, coreServiceShell.exe, coreFrameworkHost.exe, AMSP_LogServer.exe, WSCStatusController.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 102,208

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 72,754


Scan Working Set (KB): 161,926

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 130,022




17. Avira Free Antivirus 13.0.0.3499


Avira Free memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: avgnt.exe, avguard.exe, avshadow.exe, avwebgrd.exe, sched.exe, avscan.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 63,754

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 41,138


Scan Working Set (KB): 199,264

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 157,750




16. VIPRE Antivirus 2013 6.2.1.10


vipre antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 3

Processes Monitored: SBAMSvc.exe, SBAMTray.exe, SBPIMSvc.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 114,098

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 91,981


Scan Working Set (KB): 134,488

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 104,936




15. NANO Antivirus Free 0.24.0.52214


nano antivirus memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: nanosvc.exe, nanoav.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 176,141

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 53,846


Scan Working Set (KB): 287,284

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 131,201




14. ESET NOD32 Antivirus 6.0.316.0


ESET NOD32 memory usage



Number of Processes: 2

Processes Monitored: egui.exe, ekrn.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 93,616

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 76,441


Scan Working Set (KB): 103,244

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 82,913




13. Dr.Web Anti-virus 8.0.8.04230


dr.web memory usage



Number of Processes: 6

Processes Monitored: dwarkdaemon.exe, dwengine.exe, dwnetfilter.exe, dwscanner.exe, dwservice.exe, spideragent.exe


Idle Working Set (KB): 92,006

Idle Private Working Set (KB): 66,822


Scan Working Set (KB): 117,973

Scan Private Working Set (KB): 90,430








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