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How To Check And Remove HP Keylogger From Your Laptop?

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Diane Mills | 12 December, 2017, 19:06

Security researcher ZwClose has found that HP have pre-installed a keylogger into different models of their laptops, with over 460 different models affected.

A keylogger is capable of stealthily recording everything the user types on the keyboard (like logins and passwords), so this is clearly a major problem.

But, according to HP, the issue affects all Synaptics OEM partners, so hopefully other laptop makers will push out update soon - if they haven't already.

For now, HP has provided patches for all of the affected laptop models, which number almost 500.

HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) laptops could reportedly have a hidden keylogger.

Myng, who also uses the Twitter handle ZwClose, said he discovered the keylogger while investigating how to control the backlight on an HP laptop's keyboard.

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The company said a user would require administrative privileges in order to activate the keylogger.

While neither instance of the keylogger may have been malicious, the presence of such surveillance software could be detrimental to HP's brand image among consumers. So if you have a Synaptics touchpad on a non-HP laptop, it's worth keeping your eyes peeled for any news of an issue (and indeed a fix if that's the case). Affected models include EliteBook, ProBook, Envy, Spectre, and many more.

This isn't the first time keylogging software has been found on HP laptops. You should also be able to install it automatically via the HP Support Assistant app on your device.

At the time, HP said the software had been mistakenly installed on the devices. To see if you have the affected driver, you can go to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder and look at the properties of the SynTP.sys driver as shown below.

'These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers.

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