SpyMonitor

SpyMonitor Description

SpyMonitor does precisely what its name suggests — it keeps track of what you do and what you don't do on your macOS machine. In a sense, SpyMonitor acts both as a keystroke recorder and an idle time measuring tool. It loads at system startup and keeps running as a background process, thus collecting every bit of user activity. While some companies use programs such as SpyMonitor merely to enhance office productivity, cybercriminals utilize them to retrieve login credentials and personal data. If SpyMonitor came on your Mac as a drive-by download, an email attachment, or following an ad click, chances are it did not come to you for the right reasons. In this case, SpyMinitor is every bit as unwelcome as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) in general.

Potential Damage

SpyMonitor is designed to record anything you type on your keyboard, including, but not limited to: URLs, contact forms, and account logins, to name but a few. When such a tool gets into the hands of cybercriminals, your data log may travel a long way to a pre-set remote server for somebody else's perusal. The keylog will contain every letter, character, and control key you have typed on your keyboard. If this were not enough, SpyMonitor would also record every idle period — when your mouse and keyboard are not in action — though this feature may not necessarily be as enticing to the crooks as the former.

Once they have a grip on such a keylog, you may find yourself in grave danger for several reasons. You risk having your identity seized, your bank account emptied, and user profiles hijacked. Moreover, you may not even notice SpyMonitor running on your machine, given the meager processing power it uses. Unlike other apps, SpyMonitor is unlikely to cause any significant system slowdown, which is why it may run surreptitiously as a background process for months on end.

Detection and Removal Tips

Since SpyMonitor is a tiny bit of a program, you may not spot it until you've scanned your Mac with a trustworthy program capable of detecting even the most recently found threats. We strongly suggest that you perform regular checks for unusual or unwanted tools that may have reached your Applications folder. After all, such instances do occur more than every once in a while.

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