SpyCop and SnagIt 6

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by FanJ, Aug 15, 2002.

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  1. FanJ

    FanJ Guest

    I did a full scan with the latest SpyCop database.
    SpyCop came with the following report (never alerted on this before).
    SnagIt is a screen-capture program.


    SpyCop Search Results for 08-14-2002 15:01:52
    Spy Programs Found:
    SnagIt (Timer Controllable Capture)
    SnagIt (Timer Controllable Capture)
    SnagIt (Timer Controllable Capture)

    Files Which may be Part of Above Spy Programs:
    C:\Program Files\TechSmith\SnagIt 6\SnagIt32.exe
    C:\Program Files\TechSmith\SnagIt 6\SnagIt32.exe
    C:\Program Files\TechSmith\SnagIt 6\Studio.exe


    So I sent it in to the SpyCop-company.
    Their reply:


    SnagIt can be used as a spy program. A feature in version 6 allows it to record snapshots of the screen, silently, as regular intervals."


    Interesting topic.
    A nice program that could be used that way.
    Sort of a "grey-zone"?
  2. Mike_Healan

    Mike_Healan Registered Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    They have a point I guess, though I'd make it clear it was a warning only. You can use quite a few innocent programs to spy on folks.
    I once wrote a batch file that loaded notepad every time the computer started and recorded a time stamp to tell me if someone had been using my computer when I wasn't around. Doesn't mean notepad should be flagged.
  3. snapdragin

    snapdragin Administrator

    Feb 16, 2002
    Southern Ont., Canada
    hi Jan!

    i've never used Spycop.

    Irfanview also has a feature in it's Capture Method called Automatic - Timer Delay which can be scheduled to take a screen capture up to every 600 seconds, i think it does it silently too.

    i agree with Mike though, that in this case it isn't so much a program that is basically innocent but with spying capabilities that would be the culprit as it would be the person that programed it for such a thing.

    i should give spycop a try..see what it does. :)

    *Jan...is spycop similiar to spybotS&D and AdAware then?
  4. Prince_Serendip

    Prince_Serendip Registered Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    I've never used SpyCop either. Anyone have a link for it? I have a question per FanJ's post:
    Is this a User feature or could a third party use it? Thanks.

    (Personally, I use ScreenHunter.)
  5. FanJ

    FanJ Guest

    Mike, I agree with you.
    I have to admit that I didn't know that it could be used this way.
    Indeed, it's a fully innocent, nice program.
    I too consider it only as a warning.

    For links with respect to SpyCop:

    SpyCop website: http://www.spycop.com/
    It is also mentioned here on the Wilders-site:
    You will find there links to screenshots.

    SpyCop is not the same as SpyBot S&D.

    I have not used SnagIt that way; I have to look at the Helpfile. But my guess at the moment is that it could not be used by a "third party". But that you could use it to silently monitor what someone else is doing on your machine by taking silently screenshots at certain time-intervals. And that is one of the kinds of spyware that SpyCop tries to detect, just like it tries to detect a keylogger program with which you could monitor what someone else is doing on your machine.
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