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Spector. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Variants: Spector 3.1

‘Spector Pro 3.1 offers a great variety of features. Users of Spector 2.x should feel right at home with this version of Spector. New users will find that Spector’s innovative user interface provides excellent ease of use while still yielding its full power. Here is a comprehensive list of features in Spector Pro 3.1:

Spector 3.1 records the following types of data: Snapshots, Email, Keystrokes, IM/Chat, and Internet domains accessed.

Snapshots: Spector Pro can periodically record the computer screen. With these Snapshots, you can actually see everything that occurs on the PC. These Snapshots can be taken up to every second, and you can record them in varying levels of quality. For the best compression ratios (less disk space), choose a color mode that offers less colors. These settings can be found by pressing the ‘Settings’ button when viewing Snapshots. NOTE: If you are using Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should choose at least 8-bit color for optimal performance. For all other Windows systems the default recording mode of 4-bit grayscale provides the best quality with the least required storage space.

Email: Spector Pro has the ability to capture the actual emails that are received and sent from a computer. Simply click the ‘Email’ button to see all the captured emails. Currently, Spector Pro captures SMTP/POP3 Internet mail (Outlook-style mail), AOL email for version 5.0 and above, and web mail that is read through an internet browser. Spector Pro currently supports the recording of the web mail sent and received through Hotmail, Yahoo,, and The email viewer inside Spector Pro works much like Outlook or AOL’s mail system. You can view mail, delete mail, and you can even Forward mail to another user. Spector Pro 3.1 currently support recording of email attachments for SMTP/POP3 email (Outlook). File attachments to AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo email can NOT be recorded with Spector Pro 3.1. Spector Pro can NOT yet record corporate mail systems like Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes.

Keystrokes: Spector Pro captures all the actual keystrokes typed on the PC. To view all the keystrokes, simply click the ‘Keystrokes’ button. This view is broken down by each application. For example, if you wanted to see all the keystrokes typed in Outlook, just double-click the Outlook entry. When viewing the keystrokes, you can choose to see all the keystrokes, including extended characters such as Ctrl and Alt by selecting View>Detailed, or a formatted view by selecting View>Text. When you are viewing Snapshots, you also have the ability to go to the keystrokes associated with the screenshot by right-clicking and choosing ‘Goto Keystrokes.’ This is useful for viewing the keystrokes that are typed, but are not displayed on the screen, as with ‘*******’ that is displayed when a password is typed.

IM/Chat: Spector Pro has the ability to capture Instant Messaging and Chat in the following programs: AOL Chat, AOL Instant Messanger (AIM), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and ICQ. Please note that this feature will only work on the stand-alone versions of these software packages, and Spector Pro will be unable to capture both sides of a Chat conversation that takes place in a web browser using Java such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. You will, of course, still have the Snapshots for web-based Chat conversations. To view IM/Chat conversations, simply click the ‘IM/Chat’ button.

Internet URLs: Spector Pro captures all the URL domains (internet addresses) that were accessed while Spector Pro was recording. To view these URLs, simply choose ‘Internet’ from the small drop-down box above the Snapshots. The large drop-down box will then contain all the domain addresses in the time sequence they were accessed. You can choose an internet address and jump to the snapshots that was associated with the selected domain. You may need to navigate forward or backward a few snapshots to find the snapshot of the domain that was visited.

Alert System: Spector Pro 3.1 has a very extensive and powerful ‘alert’ system. These alerts are based upon keywords that you supply in the ‘Settings’ dialog box under the ‘Alerts’ tab. Once you have entered in keywords, Spector Pro will constantly scan the system for these keywords. For example, if you have programmed Spector Pro to search for the word ‘pornography’, Spector Pro will scan vigorously for this word, and take appropriate action if it is found.

Currently, Spector Pro scans all keystrokes, all supported email types, all supported IM/Chat conversations, and all web pages for these keywords. Once a keyword is found, Spector Pro will take the action that you have configured in the Alert Settings. Currently, your options are to have an email notification sent to you about the keyword, and to increase the snapshot rate for a specified time. If you choose to have an email sent to you, all you need to do is enter your email address in the appropriate box. The email alert will contain the word that was found, the time it was found, as well as a more extensive context for which the keyword was found. For example, if a keyword was found in an email message, it will include the email message itself. The other option you have is to increase the snapshot rate for a specified period of time. For example, if the current snapshot rate is one snapshot per 30 seconds, you can tell Spector Pro Pro to increase this rate to every 3 seconds for the next 60 seconds. This will allow you to gauge what sort of activity followed the keyword detection.

When you are viewing Snapshots, you also have the ability to jump directly to a screen recording where a keyword was detected. To do this, simply click the small drop-down box marked ‘Keywords.’ You will then see all the keywords that have been found (if any), and you can select the keyword that interests you. Spector Pro will then automatically take you to the snapshot that relates to the keyword.

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Spector manual removal:

Kill processes:
sp40setup.exe, spadmin.exe, spector_eval.exe, spsetup.exe, winnetcl.exe, webebot.exe, wswinntfp.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentversionexplorermenuorderstart menu2programsspector


HKEY_USERSs-1-5-21-329068152-1677128483-854245398-500softwaremicrosoftwindowscurrentversionexplorermenuorderstart menu2programsspector


Unregister DLLs:
abfrnex.dll, msurlbot.dll, netknl.dll, netknlhm.dll

Delete files:
_msfilea13.cmp, abfrnex.dll, cim.rec, cim.rep, spector.lnk, logfile.cip, socxusys.ocx, msurlbot.dll, netknl.1, netknlhm.1, new.reg, ntmsdata.bak, ntmsidx,

sp40setup.exe, spadmin.chm, spadmin.exe, speceval.reg, spector_eval.exe,

spsetup.exe, netknl.dll, netknlhm.dll, winnetcl.cnt, winnetcl.exe, winnetcl.hlp, webebot.exe, winmgmt.log, wswinntfp.cnt, wswinntfp.exe, wswinntfp.hlp

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