It is important to note that in some countries, including the U.S., covertly intercepting electronic information is against the law. This guide is therefore intended to instruct you on how to use a keylogger on your own computer.
Step 1: You Will Need...
+ A cheap memory stick / USB flash drive (any capacity)
+ Shadow Keylogger (free) which you can download from here
+ The computer you want to record (i.e, your own)
Step 2: A Few More Things Before We Start...
+ Is running some version of Windows (this will not work on Mac or Linux)
+ Has the .NET Framework 2.0 or later (almost all do, but if not you can download free from here)
Step 3: Download Shadow Keylogger
Now, download the keylogger from this link. This will download a .ZIP folder, which you will need to open. Inside the folder there will be a file called 'sk.exe', this is the keylogger program.
Click on the program and drag it across into your USB Flash Drive. Once it has been copied, you can close the .ZIP folder.
Step 4: Create an Automatic Setup File
In this guide, I will show you how you can configure it to start recording automatically. Open Notepad, or any other half-decent text editor, then copy this block of XML and paste it into your document:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
I have highlighted the password bit above, since this is where you enter your own password. You will need to remember the password you chose, because after you have finished recording, you need to type it on the keyboard to see all of the recorded keystrokes.
For this guide, you don't need to change any of the other values. If you are interested in further tweaking these values, I would also recommend having a look at the configuration template and values list.
Lastly, click 'Save As' and navigate to the USB Flash Drive and make sure it is in exactly the same folder as the program (sk.exe). Save the file as 'config.xml' (without the quotation marks) and make sure the dropdown menu is changed to 'All Files', and not 'Text files'. Then hit 'Save'!
Step 5: Now Try It!
On some computers, it may open the drive folder automatically, on others it may have a small prompt box, where you need to click on the 'Open Files and Folders' option. In a handful of cases, you may even need to open 'My Computer'.
When the drive folder opens, just double-click on the 'sk.exe', or click it and hit enter.
Shadow Keylogger will open immediately, realise you've already given it a password, and just start recording automatically.
You can then immediately pull out your USB Flash Drive from the computer. The folder will close automatically, and you can walk away.
Return later (for this particular setup, it has to be before the user shuts the computer down) and simply type your password onto the keyboard, it doesn't matter where.
The results window will then appear with all of the recorded keystrokes.