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Take a quick walkthrough of the KeyGhost SX (computer key stroke logger) features:

This page contains some of the most frequently asked questions our users have. Please email us with any more queries you may have.

KeyGhost SX installs even when computer is logged out, password protected, locked or switched off.”

Q. What is the KeyGhost SX?
A. The KeyGhost is used to log all keystrokes on a computer. It is a tiny plug that attached onto the end of the keyboard cable. It installs in less than 5 seconds. See how it works. [top]

Q. How do I install the KeyGhost SX?
A. Here are pictures of how to install a KeyGhost device. [top]

Q. Can I record the keystrokes on one computer and retrieve them on another computer?
A. Yes, the KeyGhost device can be unplugged and moved around without any trouble. Record the keystrokes on one machine, and retrieve them on another. [top]

Q. Can I unplug the device without losing the keystrokes?

A. Yes, the KeyGhost SX device uses a permanent form of memory which doesn't need batteries. [top]

Q. What happens if the keystroke log fills up?
A. The most recent keystrokes are preserved, and the oldest ones are lost. For example, the KeyGhost SX 512K stores 500,000 keystrokes (approx. 3 months worth of typing activity). When the log is full, it will overwrite the oldest ones gradually with the newest ones. In this manner, it stores the most recent 500,000 keystrokes, making it possible to review over 3 months worth of PC activity! [top]

Q. No software to install at all? Just plug it in? But how do I retrieve the keystrokes?
A. Its very simple and quick to retrieve keystrokes. [top]

Q. Why do I want a KeyGhost SX device when I can use a key logger program available off the internet?
A. There are several reasons why a software program may not always be the best option. If the target computer is password protected, it will be almost impossible to install a software keylogger. The KeyGhost SX device installs in a few seconds, onto any desktop PC with any operating system. The KeyGhost SX device can be installed when the computer is switched off. It will also pick up passwords used to access the BIOS before boot up. [top]

Q. Can the KeyGhost SX device be detected by special software?
A. No, installation of a KeyGhost SX device does not affect the computers operation in any way. A software program could never detect the recording of keystrokes. [top]

Q. What if someone else types in the backdoor password by mistake?
A. The password can be between 8-12 characters. It is suggested that common words like 'the' are not used for the password, for obvious reasons. Choose a password with no meaning such as 'kghostlogger' and everything should be fine. [top]

Q. How do I change the password?
A. After bringing up the configuration menu, there is an option to change the password. The retrieve keystroke example shows how this is possible. [top]

Q. There are unusual characters in the log
A. This can occur if you are using another language. Unless the local is set to 'english' the angle brackets and other formatting characters in the log may come out incorrectly. [top]

Q. How long can the backdoor password be?

A. Up to 12 characters, made up of letters only [top]

Q. That figure of 500,000 keystrokes looks like a typo. Explain.
A. Yes, it can store this many characters in its memory.
(See KeyGhost SX 512K). [top]

Q. Does the KeyGhost SX work on Laptops?
A. Because of the many different brands, and power specifications of laptop keyboard and docking ports, it is quite hard to predict if the KeyGhost SX will work favourably with your laptop.
In order for it to function you will need to use an external keyboard in the back of the laptop's PS/2 port. Any keys typed on the laptop keyboard will not be recorded, only those typed on the external keyboard will be recorded.
Some laptops do not accept keys typed at high speed on an external keyboard, so the Turbo Download Adapter is recommended for use with the laptop, otherwise the 'Keystroke Ghosting' may have to be set at a slower speed to retrieve the log. [top]

Q. Does the KeyGhost SX work on a USB keyboard?
A. The KeyGhost SX does not currently work on USB (rectangular plug) keyboards. There are no adapters available to make it work on a USB keyboard. KeyGhost SX only works with PS/2 keyboards (small round plug), and older DIN style keyboards (larger round plug, but requires adapters). If you are unsure which type of keyboard you have on your system, follow the lead to the back of the PC and check the shape of the plug. If it is round, then the KeyGhost SX will work.

Q. Will KeyGhost SX store 'Control' characters and function keys?
A. Yes. The KeyGhost SX stores all keys typed on a keyboard, even key combinations. This is important, as it helps you understand exactly what happened on the PC. The keys are output as text tags into the log. E.G. When the Control and C keys are pressed in combination, the log shows <Ctrl+C>.
Even arrow keys are recorded and displayed as <LFT> (left) <RGT> (right). [top]

Q. During downloading, can I stop the memory dump from occuring?
A. Yes. Simply press any key once and the KeyGhost will return to the main menu
. [top]

Q. Will KeyGhost work with KVM switches?
A. Yes.
KeyGhost SX will work with most KVM switches, however, in some cases (due to issues with some KVM switches) you will need to install KeyGhost directly to the PC you want to monitor. i.e. between the KVM switch and the PC's PS/2 socket. [top]

Q. How to fix Microsoft Word 2000 and "double numbering" in the menu
A. Go into Tools .. Autocorrect .. Autoformat as you type .. and switch off 'automatic numbered lists'. [top]



As a tool for computer fraud investigations.

As a monitoring device for detecting unauthorised access.

As a deterrent, to prevent unacceptable use of company resources.

As a back up tool which creates a log of all keystrokes typed on a keyboard.

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Kit Includes: KeyGhost SX computer key stroke logger. Instruction sheet. Warranty card. Tamper evident seal. Example notification banner as recommended by U.S. Department of Justice.

System Requirements:
Desktop IBM PC compatible. PS/2 (small round plug) keyboard.
KeyGhost SX works on ALL PC operating systems (Windows 95,98,ME,NT,XP,2000 Linux, Beos, OS/2, Dos, Sun Solaris).

* Patent Pending high-speed transfer mode - 'KeyStream'™ - will work with most modern Desktop PCs.

> PLEASE NOTE: USB keyboards (small rectangular plug) are not currently supported.

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Postal Address: KeyGhost LTD, P.O.Box 3279, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand.
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NATO Classification Information
KeyGhost LTD (NATO supplier) NCAGE Code E1969

'KeyGhost' is a Registered Trademark of KeyGhost Ltd. 'KeyStream' and 'KeyGhost SX' are Trademarks of KeyGhost Ltd - Patents Pending.
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