SpyShelter Free Anti-keylogger (formerly SpyShelter Personal Free)
SpyShelter Free Anti-keylogger is a comprehensive and effective security program designed to protect your computer against malicious agents from the online environment when it comes to rootkits, Trojans, keyloggers, and other types of malware.
It comes loaded with powerful, yet approachable options and configuration settings for experienced users.
Clear-cut interface with a simple appearance
The GUI is user-friendly, based on a common window with a pretty intuitive layout that contains multiple tabs for viewing the protection status, establishing rules, examining log details, restricting apps, and configuring settings.
View the protection status of all modules
In the first tab you can get an overview of all components available, together with their protection status. These include the anti-keylogger, screen and Clipboard protection (against screenshot grabbers and Clipboard copying), anti-get text (against text copying from any source), system protection, and anti-kernel mode logger. The remaining ones are only available in the premium edition.
Create, manage and export rules
The application lets you create a personal set of rules from file, create an exclusion list and a restricted one with files, folders and removable drives, forbid webcam capturing and sound recording, as well as specify cleanup rules.
It's possible to restrict PC users from modifying protected registry entries, copying text from any other process window, editing the memory of other processes, loading drivers, typing on the keyboard, creating alternate data streams, or turning off the computer, among many others. These rules can be exported to file and imported later. Moreover, the tool can be asked to automatically detect all rules of a specific component.
Restrict apps and view log details
The software utility lets you forbid any programs from being launched. Moreover, you can indicate files with access violations, folders with write access, along with items executed as restricted.
All program activity is recorded to a log area that can be consulted at any time, as well as browsed to locate events.
Customize program preferences
It's possible to switch to a different language and skin for the interface, disable the app's automatic launch at system startup, integrate it into the system shell for quick access, select the security level (e.g. medium, high, allow Microsoft), specify the method of process termination (child processes or all instances), as well as check out a list of monitored actions, among others.
Evaluation and conclusion
The app ran on a moderate quantity of CPU and system memory in our tests, had a good response time, and worked smoothly without hanging, crashing or displaying error notifications.
The biggest issue with the free edition remains that it doesn't work on 64-bit Windows. This feature, along with a few other locked features listed in the interface are available only in SpyShelter Premium or SpyShelter Firewall, which are not free.
All in all, SpyShelter Free Anti-keylogger comes loaded with many powerful options and configuration settings dedicated to all-round PC security, especially when taking into account the fact that's free to use.