please help- I just found Perfect Keylogger on my Mac

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  1. freakinout macrumors newbie

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    I suspected that my ex-boyfriend had installed a key logger program on my Mac but gave him the benefit of the doubt during our relationship when he just happened to know things that were only ever typed into my computer.

    I have a Mac Book Pro and just discovered Perfect Keylogger after trawling through forum posts. There was a BPK icon in my login items (system preferences- user accounts) and I somehow managed to find files with hundreds of screenshots and logs of everything I've typed in the computer.

    I cannot for the life of me find these files now because I'm such a mess and have been clicking in and out of so many screens but I need to know how to get rid of it because I'm sure he's accessing it from another compute ( I found a text file that said something about the last login being last Sunday at 10:40). When I found the BPK file it said that it was installed in 2009 so it's been there a while...

    I would appreciate any help because I'm terrible with computers and am going out of my mind trying things on forums that just confuse me even more. :eek:

    Thank you!

    oh... and I also accidentally deleted the bpk in the login items... I'm hopeless :rolleyes:
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    The you best bet, to completely safe is re-install. Then upon the full erase, install a clean copy your OS X version. Then just use /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant to bring back your pictures & music ONLY. Also bring in a single document (make before you erase) that have the license data for software programs. Then do fresh install of the programs putting in the serial number for each program (that you wrote down before the erase). IMHO the full re-install (after an erase) is the complete way you can be sure he left no trace of anything on your Mac.
     
  3. coder12 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to hear about the predicament. I sense there were some trust issues, but that's not for me to know ;)

    I agree with what satcomer said, do a reinstall. If you're on Lion or Mountain Lion you can just boot into recovery mode after you've backed up your contents. I'd recommend the "Archive and Install" method, but seeing as I haven't had to do an OS X install any time recently, I don't remember if that option still exists!
     
  4. AdaS macrumors newbie

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    yea, re-insatll your operating system, the mac keylogger will be gone.
     
  5. \-V-/ Suspended

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    Do a clean install of your OS, as has been suggested.

    On a personal note, I'd break up with someone if they were spying on me like that. If there's no trust in a relationship, it's doomed to fail. Trust is a nice foundation to have when you're with someone. Just my thoughts.
     
  6. freakinout thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!

    Thanks to all of your for your advice... I will do a re-install with the help of a more knowledgeable friend and get back my peace of mind (and my privacy!).

    In response to a couple of you that mentioned trust issues, they were there but unfounded and consequently unproven so I am very happily single now :D

    Thanks again!!
     
  7. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    Hi! I'm an It consultant and from time to time I happen to stumble on these kind of software installed in my clients PC's or Mac's.

    Wiping everything out is the third thing to do, the second is (from a safe computer) changing ALL user id and password that you used on your infected computer( email, twitter, Facebook , online banking, etc..)because he might have them from your computer.

    First, go to the police with the computer, all the proofs are in it. I don't know where you are from but in Canada, what he did is a crime. The Québec provincial police even has a special unit for these type of crime, and I thing that the Montreal police department does as well.

    Best of luck
     
  8. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    make sure you mess with him before you do the clean install. Type something out in capital letters like: HOPE YOU ENJOYED READING ALL MY STUFF YOU PSYCHOPATH BUT ITS OVER NOW YOUR LITTLE KEYLOGGER IS BEING REMOVED!! PS: SEEK HELP

    :D
     
  9. \-V-/ Suspended

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    I'm glad it worked out for you. :]

    I think it's illegal in the US as well.
     

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