Editor's choice for local computer monitoring easy-to-use while powerful!
Snippet from 007's official site (Read on for my review):
"007 Spy Software is a stealthy computer monitoring software which allows you to secretly record all activities of computer users and automatically deliver logs to you via Email or FTP, including all areas of the system such as email sent, Web sites visited, every keystroke (including login/password of ICQ, MSN, AOL, AIM, and Yahoo Messenger or Webmail), file operations, online chat conversation, and take screen snapshot at set intervals just like a surveillance camera directly pointed at the computer monitor.
Distinct from ALL other spy products on the Internet, 007 can directly send logs to your email box without tweaking and tweaking the annoying SMTP configuration, even your own SMTP server is NOT required at all! Other great features include password protection, suspend on idle, monitoring schedule, HTML report, logs sorting and searching, as well as a solid stealth technology that prevents virus scanners and spyware detectors from detecting/disabling it. With this amazing spy tool you will be able to see exactly what people have been doing online and off-line just like you are looking at the computer monitor over their shoulders! Strongly Recommended!!!!"Click Here for More Info and Ordering
I have been using 007 Spy Software for several years now to monitor my husband's computer usage. I tried several other programs, most of which used SQL databases, and found that they locked up or completely crashed the computer when the database got to large. 007 Spy Software has never had that problem. I have recorded almost constant activity for days at a time without any problems. I had also had problems with other programs not recording IM activity (which they all claimed to do), but I have never had that problem with 007 since the overlapping types of records will ensure that you get the information you want.
Now a little bit about the program itself. 007 has the ability to run completely hidden. It will not show up on the taskbar or in the task manager (reached by hitting Ctrl-Alt-Del). It will also not be placed in the Start Menu if installed under the stealth option. There is another option for newbies that installs the program in the Start Menu along with Help files and an uninstaller; this is to allow those who need to learn about the program to find it easily without fear of forgetting how to bring the screen back up. Under the Stealth option, the uninstaller is not listed in the Control Panel under Add/Remove Programs, but is in whichever directory you chose during installation and the help files are not installed at all. If you begin by installing all of these and then switch to Stealth Mode Installation, the additional files will be removed and leave no trace.
Under Stealth Mode, a combination of keys followed by a password (which you set immediately after installation) is used to bring the program up so you can work in it. The program is capable of recording keystrokes, web addresses visited, programs opened/closed, IMs, e-mails, and screenshots at set intervals. These many different kinds of recordings ensure that everything that happens on your computer is saved for you to view later. You can also set the program to send the reports to either an e-mail address or and ftp server at set intervals. The program has recently been updated so that it uses its own SMTP server so you no longer need to enter in your own information in order to send e-mails. The only criticism I have of this new feature is that, as a byproduct of this change, the reports sent only include the most recent activity. For example, if reports are e-mailed at 11am and 12pm, the 12pm report will only have activity since the previouse e-mail at 11am; this was changed from previous versions, which always sent the entire reports, to lessen the load on the program's servers.
My absolute favorite aspect of this program is the ability to take Screenshots. You can change the quality of the screenshots to lessen the amount of space used to save them and you can set the interval for as little as 5 seconds (where I have mine set). This setting is what used to cause problems in other programs; they were unable to handle the large database created by several hours of recording. 007 has never had any problem with this, even after several days of nonstop recording. Another good thing about this aspect of the program is that if nothing happens on the computer for a specific period of time (a couple of minutes), the program stops recording. This saves space since it won't start up again until something changes (the mouse moves, a program launches, etc.) You would also expect such a nearly constant recording rate to use a lot of CPU resources, but it doesn't. I have watched the usage in Task Manager and it never goes about 10%. Other programs used to dominate my CPU usage and cause the computer to crash.
I have also had problems with other programs when my computer crashed or the power flickered, causing the computer to restart. Other programs (especially the ones using SQL databases) would not restart when the computer did and the database would become corrupted forcing a complete uninstall and reinstall of the program. I have never had that happen with 007. My computer has died, crashed, spontaneously restarted and been hit by lightning; 007 never faltered. I have never been unable to retrieve the records and the program has never ceased running.
A few more general points about 007. The program can be set to boot at startup and to begin recording at startup. It can also be set to boot up but not start recording until manually started. There is also a timer function that allows scheduling of recording and a list of which users to monitor. The reports are saved in a hidden folder (it doesn't even show up in My Computer when Show Hidden Files/Folders is selected). The program has an export function that will save the reports wherever you choose. Another new feature is that when you export the Screenshots report, the image files are automatically transferred to the chosen directory. I used to have to go in and manually copy and paste the image files and then go into the report file (which is saved as an html file) and change all of the image references to the new directory in order for the file to display properly. Now the program does all of that itself.
One final issue: the program includes a setting to notify users that they are being monitored. This can be turned off so that no one will ever know the program is there but you.
I truly recommend this program for all who wish to monitor their computer. I have used it for years and it has been wonderful. I now know exactly what happens on my computer even though my husband deletes the History and the Temporary Internet Files. With the Screenshots and the Keylogger reports, I have a record of everything he does. The Url/Web report allows me to visit any sites he opened. I really believe that anyone who wants to know what their spouse or children are doing online cannot find a better program.
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