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Introduction - About Handy Keylogger

Author: WideStep Security Software

License: The software is distributed as Shareware (Try-before-you-buy). Specific License can be found in the installation directory.

Homepage: Handy Keylogger info
Version: 3.25
System requirements: Any Windows platform
Demo limitations:   Trial version is fully-functional during 16 days, it will popup a reminder telling you to register your copy of the software when the trial period is over
Demo download: Only 1.4 Mb download (about 10 minutes)
Order now link: Register your copy of Handy Keylogger now
Pricing: Personal license of this professional spy software will cost you only USD 39.00
Release date: This version was first compiled at January 14, 2005. You may be using one of the newer builds
PAD file: Download Handy Keylogger PAD file

Handy Keylogger is a superior stealth surveillance tool that is completely undetectable and invisible. During monitoring sessions Handy Keylogger cannot be seen in the task manager, programs files menu, system tray or uninstall list. With Handy Keylogger running you will have all power needed to have all information being typed or processed on your computer captured in complete stealth mode!

Handy Keylogger will record all keystrokes typed, chat conversations, emails, passwords, internet work, desktop activity and more. It is the most powerful stealth surveillance application offered anywhere and at the lowest price with an honor-based money back guarantee!

With Handy Keylogger you can: record key strokes, capture desktop activity, monitor internet usage, log chats and emails, monitoring applications and windows users work with, record instant messengers, capture passwords, send logs via e-mail, install keylogger on any Windows platform and more!

Features list:
- 24x7 technical support
- FREE demo version available
- User-friendly attractive logs and reports: great for export and conversion
- Titles of opened windows with keyboard activity
- Timestamp of events
- Strong encryption of the log file
- Records contents of password protected web pages, including Web Mail messages
- Protection from information loss on abnormal shutdown
- Password-protected program configuration and logs viewing
- Monitors all users of the PC, even if you don't know their passwords
- Logs passwords and logins
- Logs DOS-box and Java-chat keystrokes
- Logs absolutely all keystrokes
- Intuitive user-friendly interface and very easy to use, even for beginners
- Installation packet fits into 3.5" floppy
- E-mail monitoring
- Completely invisible stealth mode
- Chat conversations typed (ICQ, YIM, AIM, etc.)
- Automatic removing of decrypted log after viewing
- Automatic logs clearing
- Automatic active startup
- Configurable nag screen (like "Under monitoring!")
- Clipboard copy/paste
- Internet activity monitoring (logs websites visited)
- Multiple email accounts for sending of log files
- Sends log by e-mail (in the stealth mode)
- Visual surveillance (screenshots/snapshots)

To install Handy Keylogger, please, download the latest build, and launch the installer. Follow the instructions, and pay special attention to the folder where you install Handy Keylogger into. When the installation is over, you will be shown a small description of how you can launch and use Handy Keylogger. This message will be closed only when you complete first steps and launch the Keylogger.

Every time you start your computer, Handy Keylogger will automatically be loaded and start gathering keyboard strokes. It will work in absolutely hidden mode, until you need to view the logs or customize its settings. To unhide Handy Keylogger, please follow these actions:

  1. Press WIN+R, or launch Run dialog going to Start menu -> Run

  2. Type "shadow32"

  3. Press Enter, or click OK

  4. Type in your unhide password (If it is the first time you launch it, it will ask you to set the unhide password, type it in and go to Step 1)

  5. If the unhide password is correct, you will be granted the access to Handy Keylogger.

Every time you close Handy Keylogger, it automatically goes into stealth/hidden mode. If you made any changes in Keylogger's settings, it will prompt a confirmation to save them. After you close Handy Keylogger you will need to unhide it again to view logs or customize its settings.

Viewing logs

To view logs, unhide Handy Keylogger (described above), go to "View logs" tab. Here you will see Handy Keylogger's Dates picker, using the calendar add dates (double-click or highlight and click "Add date") you wish to view the logs for. You can add separate dates or whole months (switch between "day" and "previous month"). You can also remove added dates one by one or clear the whole list. When you get your list prepared, press "View logs now", the logs will be generated for you and shown in your default browser. After viewing the logs, just close browser window. Generated logs will be deleted when you hide the Keylogger.

Clearing logs

To clear logs, unhide Handy Keylogger (described above), go to "Clear logs" tab. In "Logs clearance list" select logs you wish to clear and press "Clear selected logs now". The logs you selected will be cleared completely, beginning with the first date these logs were written to. Here you can also customize automatic logs clearing.

Handy Keylogger options

After you unhide Handy Keylogger, the first options you will notice are: starting and stopping keylogging. Using these buttons on the top toolbar you will be able to temporarily stop and later restart Handy Keylogger's engine. Handy Keylogger's "Preferences" tab has the following options to customize:

- Enable monitoring warning at startup - if enabled, every time your PC is booted a tiny monitoring message will be shown (you can customize this message below this checkbox)
- WEB activity interval - to activate web-monitoring (websites visited and opened), please, specify any positive interval. Note, that web-activity will only be monitored if there is keyboard activity on your PC.
- Snapshots making interval - if you want to enable visual surveillance features, set positive snapshots interval in minutes. Note, that this parameter is very sensitive to your CPU load if the interval is short.
- Snapshots making quality - here you can specify the quality of snapshots being taken when snapshots making is active. The less the quality is, the less CPU will be used during taking the screenshots.
- Enable graphics clipboard monitoring - if activated, every image or graphics that will be copied to clipboard will appear in the Clipboard log.
- Enable text clipboard monitoring - if activated, all texts copied to clipboard will be enrolled into Clipboard log.
- Grayscale snapshots - to save your PC performance, you can get snapshots in grayscale in case you don't need color details.
- Replace system keys with images in logs - when checked system keys (such as CTRL, ALT, SHIFT, TAB, ENTER, ESC, etc) will be replaced with tiny nice images and your logs will have much better visual overview.
- Protect password - change your unhide password here.

Sending logs to e-mail

Handy Keylogger offers a great feature of sending logs directly to your e-mail, letting you view the logs remotely without any physical access to monitored computer, which is really convenient when you are out on vacation, at work, etc. To enable this feature, you need to set a few parameters in Handy Keylogger's preferences. First, set a positive "Logs e-mail interval" (note, that it is counted in hours). Handy Keylogger uses standard means of e-mail sending, that is why it needs SMTP server to notify you via e-mail. So, if you don't know which SMTP server to use, we suggest you should contact your ISP to find out which one will be accessible for your computer. Enter that address (or its IP address, which is better) in "SMTP server" field. Now specify 2 e-mail addresses: one that will appear in FROM field, and another which will represent the address you will receive your logs TO. By default SMTP server works at port 25, but this parameter can be different from server to server, so, please, be sure to enter correct port. You can also specify letter size limit, it will allow you to receive logs that are larger than your allowed size by your mailbox.


Handy Keylogger will not appear on your Add/Remove Programs list, so, please, be sure to get acquainted with the way to uninstall it. To remove the program from your computer you will need to launch "uninstall.exe" in the installation directory (by default Handy Keylogger is installed in %WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\XMLEXT or %WINDIR%\SYSTEM\XMLEXT). In case you forgot where you installed Handy Keylogger into, you can reinstall it and pay attention where you are installing it to so you can uninstall the software from there.

Demo version and registration

As Handy Keylogger is shareware, free trial version is fully-functioning for 16 days only. After your trial period is over you will receive a reminder to register your copy of Handy Keylogger at startup. To register the software, please, go to our website and select the best license for you:

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

- I changed settings in Handy Keylogger's preferences, but it does not take effect, for example, I regenerated logs, but system keys are still replaced with images. What is wrong?

Handy Keylogger renews settings and applies changes made by you when you restart the application. So, when you customize preferences, you need to hide it again (close the window) to apply the changes. You can launch "shadow32" again if you need to view renewed logs.

- When the installation was over I got the message telling me the similar keylogger had already been installed on my computer. What's wrong?

The message means there's already a keylogger installed on your PC, that has the same or similar keylogging engine as Quick Keylogger. This message is also shown to let you know about possible conflicts. Usually, in this case Quick Keylogger will override previously installed modules.

- I forgot my protection password, and now cannot view the logs, how do I proceed?

Simply reinstall Handy Keylogger (better to the same folder). You will reset the password and will be able to choose a new one.

- How can I clear "Run" history?

You have the option to prevent appearance of your "shadow32" call in "Run" history (recommended) or clear this history after you reviewed the logs. Note, that it DOES NOT clear the logs. So to prevent Windows writing your launch of "shadow32" into the history, you can first call "Command Prompt" and type "shadow32" there. To launch command prompt: in "Run" dialog type "cmd" (for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003) or "command" (for Windows 95/98/Me). Now when a window with black area appears, just type what you had to: "shadow32". On the other hand, if you prefer to clear the history after viewing the logs, you will need to logoff/logon into your user account in Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 (note, that it has to be true logoff, not user switching), or reboot your PC if you are using Windows 95/98/Me. "shadow32" entry is now wiped out of your "Run" history.

- My hard drive crashed and I need to install the software again, how can I retrieve my registration info?

Please, contact our Support Team in this case for further retrieval instructions:

- I setup all e-mail settings the same as in my Outlook program, it still doesn't send any log files, what am I doing wrong?

There are many possible problems and solutions. Here're a few you can try: first, try setting up e-mailing settings to send logs and receive them to the same e-mail address. So, try setting FROM and TO fields to the same mailbox. Second, try setting FROM e-mail to and TO to your e-mail you will receive logs at. Finally, it is possible that the keylogger cannot determine the IP of your mail server. Try inputting the IP instead of domain name like .

Detailed features list

Handy Keylogger will record all keystrokes typed secretly, completely undetectable to the user! The Keylogger will also capture international keyboards and major 2-byte encodings and character sets! Handy Keylogger includes an advanced sophisticated keystroke logger that saves/records/captures keystrokes by application, by date and time. With this unique Keylogger, you will know what was typed, where and when it was typed, and you will also know who typed it because Handy Keylogger keeps a record of who is logged into the computer, and who is the active user in the system right now - NO keystrokes will be missed by Handy Keylogger! The Handy Keylogger Keystroke Recording tool will document every key typed on any PC keyboard: USB, PS/2, PCI. It not only captures standard alphanumeric keystrokes, but also records "hidden" characters and keystroke combinations (that many other keyloggers cannot fetch), such as the Shift, Alt, Tab, Ctrl key and many others, as well as "true" keystrokes which may otherwise appear differently on screen (such as passwords typed, auto-correction, etc).


Handy Keylogger works in absolutely stealth mode. Its stealth mode is a unique combination of the most up-to-date technologies in system security and software stealthiness, it means that no button or icon will be present anywhere: in the Task Bar, process list, Task Manager list, uninstall list, system tray. Handy Keylogger ensures that it will not be detected even by most advanced PC users.


Handy Keylogger will record all passwords typed on your keyboard and store the information into highly secure logs only you can view. Additionally, our Keylogger will capture passwords even if they are masked differently from "*" or dots (like in Windows XP), Handy Keylogger logs every password that appear to be input on your computer under all user accounts! This is the maximum level of snooping not offered by any other competing product!


This powerful PC spy can record all keystrokes typed in any application window, such as user name, password, e-mail, chat, instant message (MSN/AOL/ICQ/AIM ), etc. The records are time stamped and categorized by the window title they belong to, so you can tell when and what documents were being typed. Chat/Instant Message Recording captures popular chat and instant messaging services and provides you with a clear record of all conversations that have taken place. Handy Keylogger does not only record stand-alone chat applications, it also records web-based chats: everything where keyboard activity is present. With the Chat/IM/Web Recorder built into Handy Keylogger, chats and instant messages are automatically recorded and saved for your later review. With the power of Handy Keylogger you will be able to spy on a spouse, spy on children, spy on employees, spy on lover - you will know to whom they communicate on the Internet, what they discuss, whether they are cheating or using your company resources illegally, whether they are having online sex relations, cyber sex, or just a secret admirer somewhere on the Internet.


Handy Keylogger will stamp out abuse with cutting-edge email recording capabilities designed to ensure that you have a clear record of all email being sent from your computer, your office, home or company premises. In addition to recording business standard MS Exchange, The Bat! and Outlook email, our keylogger includes advanced web mail capturing. This includes web mail services such as Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Internet Email, local ISPs web-email services. Handy Keylogger will silently log every e-mail created on your computer. It will record user account, e-mail program he or she uses to send/receive e-mails, time and date, and complete text of the letter. Not a single e-mail message will be missed by Handy Keylogger! Record all e-mailing activity, be sure you are aware of all communications of those who work on your computer!


Our advanced PC spy even records all websites visited in Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera and other popular browsers. Handy Keylogger will log the website URL, the website title, the time the website was visited and all the user details! You can click on the link in the Log Viewer to launch the visited page in your browser immediately! The Web Site Recording tool in Handy Keylogger will continually monitor every web page that is accessed by your computer and save a record of those URLs and domain names, including titles and window captions. In this way you will easily know which software is used by the monitored person for surfing, downloading, etc. With Handy Keylogger's advanced and intuitive Web Site recording, you will get a quick yet exact picture of each individual's web surfing behavior.


Imagine surveillance cameras pointed directly at every PC on your company network or monitoring your home computer day and night, filming all Internet and general PC activity, and storing this in a secure area for later review. That is the idea behind the Snapshot Recorder tool in Handy Keylogger. NOT like other PC spy in the world, Handy Keylogger can take picture of the Windows Desktop just like an automatic surveillance camera hidden from all users! It will capture images in few SECONDS instead of minutes as other PC monitoring software. You have the possibility of taking pictures of the entire screen absolutely invisible for the user, specifying the delay and being sure you capture desktop activity you seek to, and saving the pictures in high quality JPEG format. Handy Keylogger will also invisibly log the time stamp when the screen shot was taken. When you click the record in log viewer, our PC monitoring software will launch the selected screen picture in your browser, from which you have a wide range of opportunities for images manipulations. That means you get detailed visual recordings of all chat conversations, instant messages, emails typed, all web sites visited, all programs run, all keystrokes typed – all activity on all computers.


Imagine that someone being monitored receives an illegal password or login name by e-mail, which is too long to be typed. What does he/she do? He will copy it to the clipboard and paste wherever it might be needed. Other keylogging software will just miss this info, as there's no keyboard activity during this operation. Handy Keylogger goes further! It offers unique clipboard monitoring feature, no other competing product has! Additionally, our key logger will also monitor not only text copied to the clipboard, but also graphics and screenshots taken by the user. In this way you have a much more profound control over your computer and Internet activity. Clipboard recording is the key-feature for every Keylogger, but only Handy Keylogger has realized it in the best way!


Handy Keylogger invisibly starts when your OS is booted. You don't need to launch monitoring features manually. Everything is configured for your best convenience. No matter which user logs on, the keylogger will start keyboard monitoring immediately. The powerful PC spy is automatically configured to start in "Active" monitoring mode, then Handy Key Logger will record everything as soon as it is run!


Automatically begin recording immediately all user accounts no matter if they are password protected! Upon Windows startup Handy Keylogger will capture all information from all users! Each entry in the logs is matched against a user account, so you don't need to separately view logs for each user on your computer, observe all the activity with ease in a few clicks.


Handy Keylogger is the most securely PC spy as it is password protected to prevent others from starting/stopping the recording process, modifying the configuration settings or viewing the logs. You are the only master of your system, and nobody can intrude without your permission. Handy Keylogger will help you stay informed and completely secure!


Handy Keylogger encrypts all log files with highly secure algorithms and protects them from being viewed by someone else but you. Only you can read the logs with a unique username and password that you can change at any time! We care about your privacy and Quick Keylogger will help you make it even better and feel even more secure.


Handy Keystroke Logger can automatically clear old/outdated logs when the log files exceed the size you specified. This will prevent the keylogger from using too much of the disk space. You can configure our keyboard monitor to clear logs automatically after sending them via e-mail, or by time or by size - your choice whether you want them stored for good, or deleted if they become old. Handy Keylogger offers unprecedented flexibility!


Handy Keylogger is the only key logger on the Internet that offers flexible set of controls for setting up regular e-mail notifications. It will send the logs in a letter to your address according to your own settings: every hour or every week, etc. Install Keylogger only once, and keep tabs on what is going on with the monitored computer without being seen.


Handy Keylogger can record all applications ran and the text typed in these applications. You will know the exact time, date, path, window caption and other options of the programs launched on your computer. You can easily find the software installed without your permission under all user accounts on your system. Our PC Spy Software can record all applications' window activity taken place on your computer! It will log the window title, the current user name and all keyboard activity within that application. By this you can find out what movies/games were played, what files were modified, what pictures were displayed, and much more.


Handy Keylogger stores all the logs securely for an unlimited period until you decide to clear them. Handy Keylogger is equipped with a calendar that lets you separate logs by specific dates and time. All recorded sessions are be combined by date, month, and time. This will enable you to narrow down who was using your computer, when and for which purposes.

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