Zemana AntiLogger – An Ounce of Prevention

image Benjamin Franklin could have been talking about the Internet, and malware, when he reportedly said – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Curing a malware infection caused by today’s sophisticated malware is much more difficult than it has ever been, and I’m convinced, that removing the malware we’re going to have to contend with in 2010, will be incrementally harder still.

Even today, malware tends to write itself into multiple parts of the operating system, and in many cases it can hide its files, registry entries, running process and services, making the infection virtually impossible to find, and remove, without causing operating system damage.

In the coming year, an average computer user who has to deal with even more complex malware infections, will be left with little choice other than having the infected machine worked on by a certified computer technician, who will have the tools, and the competency, to determine if the infection can be removed without causing system damage.

We’ve previously discussed Keylogger malware here, and how to employ an ounce of prevention by using highly regarded SnoopFree Privacy Shield, a free application, which unfortunately, is compatible with Windows XP only.

Because Keyloggers, a particularly sinister type of malware, that monitors every keystroke a user types on a computer’s keyboard, are often executed as part of a rootkit, or a remote administration (RAT) Trojan horse, they can be extremely difficult to detect, and remove.

While it’s true, that many good quality malware and spyware detection tools should capture Keyloggers, and a properly configured Firewall should prevent all authorized connections, the reality is – this is NOT always the case. Keyloggers in fact, can disable Firewalls and anti-malware tools.

Since my personal home machines now run on Windows 7, I can no longer protect against Keyloggers using SnoopFree Privacy Shield, so I had to find an alternative. Unfortunately, I could not find a freeware substitute application. However, I did find a competitively priced application, Zemana AntiLogger, following a reader’s recommendation, which I’ve been testing for a week or so.

I was immediately impressed by this application, particularly the system defense function. The application intercepted proposed changes to system files NOT picked up by other security applications on my system including WinPatrol, which really surprised me!

Since I use a Webcam extensively for communicating, I was more than happy to see the active Webcam protection offered by Zemana AntiLogger, which was immediately apparent.

Zamana Antilogger 2

Test Screens:


This is an example of a Zemana warning, triggered by my launching an anonymous proxy application which by design, injects code into my primary Browser. By checking an appropriate check box I established a rule, permitting this action in future.


This is an example of a Zemana warning, triggered by my updating both Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes definition databases which, in each case, will make changes to system files. Simply checking a check box establishes a rule, which will permit this action in future.


This is an example of a Zemana warning, triggered by a screen capture utility I was in the process of using. If this had been an illegal activity. I would of course, have received the same warning. Again, simply checking a check box establishes a rule, which will permit this action, by this utility, in future.

Fast facts:

Secure your Internet banking and financial transactions

Protect information in emails and Instant Messages

Protect keystrokes from spyware

Protect all screen images

Webcam Logger protection

System Defense

No need to download latest virus signatures

No need to know or detect the malware’s signature

No need to wait for updates from a virus lab

No need to scan files

Proactively looks for suspicious activity

Catches not just the usual suspects, but also sophisticated “zero day” malware

Prevents theft of data via secure connections (HTTPS / SSL)

Does not slow down your PC

Easy to download, install and use


System requirements: Windows Vista, XP and 7 compatible

All the signposts point to 2010 being a banner year for cyber-criminals. Being prepared and being aware, while not a panacea, will continue to be a key element in mitigating risk exposure.

If keylogger protection, and maintaining your privacy is a concern, you might consider adding this application to your security toolbox.

This application is not freeware, but you may download a 15 day trial version at: Zemana

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14 responses to “Zemana AntiLogger – An Ounce of Prevention

  1. Liam O'Moulain

    You’ve opened my eyes to a few things here. I guess I still have a lot to learn.


  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    I’ve tried to install Zemana Anti Keylogger but got a message saying “Antilogger not supported on 64-bit Windows systems”. This is a bit surprising as I am running Win 7 Home Premium, which is now commonly installed on new UK hardware. Disappointing.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hi John,

      You’re right – it is disappointing. One would assume that at this point all new applications would be x64 compatible.

      Here’s a very good site that specializes in x64 software – 64-bit Software .


  3. Murphy

    Thanks for this useful article .
    Best regards !

  4. Bill I must say I totally agree with you. This is going to be an huge challenge for computer security companies in 2010.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Kerry,

      Yes, I think we are in for some interesting times this coming year.

      BTW, took a look at your site and product lineup – very interesting. I found your corporate philosphy very refreshing and I’ve slotted Digital Defender into my test slot.


  5. John Bent


    Thanks for your response. Should there have been a weblink included?


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey John,

      Just took a look at my response “You’re right – it is disappointing. One would assume that at this point all new applications would be x64 compatible. Here’s a very good site that specializes in x64 software – (64-bit Software,com ) – This is the link). If this link is not working in this email then checkout http://www.64xsoft.com/index.php.


  6. Cem

    Dear Bill,

    Many thank for this wonderful explanation about Zemana AntiLogger. Our team really enjoyed reading it!

    We would love to give the “1 year free subscription for AntiLogger” as a gift to your readers, if you provide me your e-mail address i will send you license keys.

    All the best,
    Cem Kutlu
    Zemana Ltd.

  7. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    Thanks for the link – I’ve added it to my favorites folder.

    Thanks for all your help.


  8. Hey Bill,

    I don’t suppose you can point me to the keylogger programs which you installed which didn’t trigger Scotty to sit up and warn you? Or even which system files were attacked?

    If you don’t want to mention them publically go ahead and Email them. As you may know, I really have no use for keyloggers. I’m currently working on a new version of WinPatrol so if there’s something I’m missing I’ll want to add it to version 18.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Bill,

      First, let me be clear – WinPatrol is *the* premier application in its class, and as such, I have vigorously recommended it 20/30 times in the last 2 years, and will continue to do so. WinPatrol is an integral part of any layered anti-malware defense system.

      In all the years (and it has been many years), I have been using WinPatrol, to my knowledge, it has never failed to advise me of proposed system changes. I was somewhat surprised while testing Zemana AntiLogger, to receive warnings that I assumed WinPatrol would have picked up on. In retrospect, that may have been an unfair assumption. I should point out, that none of my other front line defenses did either – including my application isolater.

      In testing the ability of Zemana AntiLogger to block Keyloggers, I used Anti-Keylogger Leak Tester, which tests for 7 Keylogging methods. All methods were defeated by Zemana AntiLogger.

      Good luck with version 18 – I look forward to it.

      If you have additional questions I’d be happy to hear from you.



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