SpyShelter lifts free Anti-Keylogger 32-bit restriction and integrates encryption driver

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 31, 2015

SpyShelter, creators of popular anti-keylogger programs for Windows, have just released an update that removes the 32-bit limit from the free version of the program and adds limited keystroke encryption to it on top of that.

The company released SpyShelter Free back in 2010 for 32-bit versions of Windows while the company's paid products SpyShelter Premium and Firewall supported both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system.

This was a severe limitation of the free version of the security program considering that the release of Windows 7 in 2009 improved the popularity of 64-bit significantly.

Spyshelter Free protects the system against keylogger programs that are designed to capture what you enter using the keyboard.

In addition to protecting entered text, passwords or credit card numbers for instance, from being recorded by programs, it is furthermore protecting information that you copy to the clipboard from programs that may capture those.

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The free version of Anti-Keylogger encrypts keystrokes of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Opera automatically to prevent loggers from capturing text sent to those programs. According to the developer, Microsoft Edge is currently not protected by it (but by the anti-keylogger and system protection).

The program itself runs silently in the background for the most part just like security software such as Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit or Microsoft EMET and will only spring to live when it detects potential threats and displays an alert to the user about them.

Please note that you may set the program to ask the user instead of auto-allowing (or denying) applications. This is done in the program interface under Settings > Security > Certified applications.

You may turn off each security component that the free version supports individually in the program interface as well. This can be useful if you notice issues with one of them or if you run another program that is protecting the system from certain threats already.

The premium version supports several features on top of what the free version offers. It protects against screen captures for instance which can be quite important. Some keyloggers may capture the screen in intervals as well which the free version does not protect against.

Other features of interest include webcam protection to keep the webcam safe and under your control, sound logger protection to protect against sound-based trojan loggers, as well as full keystroke encryption and system protection.

Closing Words

The lifting of the 32-bit restriction improves the anti-keylogger program significantly considering the popularity of 64-bit on Windows. Keystroke encryption is another nice addition but only if you use one of the four protected browsers.

You won't find recent independent reviews of anti-keylogger programs though. Raymond did publish a comparison two years ago but things have changed considerable since then.

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  1. Torro said on September 2, 2015 at 6:41 am

    KeyScrambler rocks period.

    I haven’t compared nor have the computer skills to do so, but my bro is the computer genius in the family and he said he ran tests using well known and extremely bad keyloggers and he said Keyscrambler passed with flying colors. So much so that he bought enough premium versions keys for the family and his in-laws.

    This showed me a lot, because the guy is such a tight wad.

    1. Erd said on September 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I hope you are joking. Keyscrambler only encrypts keystrokes of selected applications. It’s good at what it’s doing but when compared to Premium version of SpyShelter it is really lacking. SpyShelter Premium/Firewall encrypts everything, and keystroke encryption is just a top of the iceberg. It has a ton of features like HIPS protection and sandbox.

      Even when comparing free versions, KeyScrambler Personal encrypts only browsers. SpyShelter encrypts only browsers too, but it comes with anti-keylogging and system protection modules.

      No reason to use keyscrambler at all. It is not 2005 anymore where keyscrambler was the only program like this.

  2. Mystique said on September 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    WOW!!! 64bit is popular??? Someone should tell Mozilla because they are still dragging their knuckles on that one. :/

    On a serious note its nice to see SpyShelter lift its limitations a little but regardless of if you use this or Keyscrambler how do we know that there isn’t some sort of backdoor for NSA/government agents given that they are probably the greatest violators of privacy.

  3. intelligencia said on September 1, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Hello Mr. Brinkmann and all!
    (It has been a while since I posted here)

    Question: How does this compare to that wonderful program (free and premium versions), Keyscrambler which is produced by https://www.qfxsoftware.com/.
    When I used the Windows OS in the past this was my instant go-to secondary layer of defense (after my anti-virus program and of course, Malwarebytes).

    I thank you in advance.


    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

      I don’t know unfortunately. There is no recent study/research that compares anti-keyloggers. It would be great if Raymond would update the tests he ran to reflect changes in new versions and keylogger advancement.

  4. Hy said on August 31, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Great news! I’ve been wanting to try this program for over a year. I’m going to now. Thanks, Martin!

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