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REFOG Personal Monitor

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OS

Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000/2003

Price

Language

English, Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian

License

Shareware

Developer

Product page

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  • Online Monitoring
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REFOG Personal Monitor Review

Very functional and easy to use keylogger. Will come in handy if you are interested in home surveillance or parental control. Can be also used for employee monitoring. Available in 12 languages. In our testing it gets 793 of 1016 points.

New version of REFOG Personal Monitor supports Windows 10!

Advantages:
  • Multi-OS support
  • Grouping of the intercepted information into categories
  • Nice-looking, user-friendly interface
  • Very good file-activity monitoring
  • Multi-language interface
  • Good URLs interception
  • Strong visual surveillance
  • Both sides interception in messengers

Disadvantages:
  • Not enough stealthiness level
  • A bulk of pre-installation windows to follow

Today we are writing about REFOG Personal Monitor.

The installation process begins with choosing the language of installation. There are four languages to choose among: English, German, French and Spanish. The next screen is EULA screen. After accepting the license agreement and clicking "Next", we see "Information" screen. After reading the information about the program and choosing the folder to install it to, choosing whether to install shortcuts and help-file, we confirm our choice in the last installation screen and the installation process begins. After it is finished, we choose "Launch REFOG Personal Monitor" and click "Finish" button.

The next thing that appears on our monitor is a screen asking us to order the full version of the program, register it or to continue a three-day trial version. We choose the second variant and put in the information kindly provided by REFOG team. After registration is finished, we see the Configuration Wizard. Next five screens give us an opportunity to choose whether we want to monitor all users, what exactly we want to monitor, allows us to configure e-mail sending of log-files, choose whether to hide the program or not, and finally to choose if we want the program to update itself automatically.

Finally we see the program interface and we must admit that it was worth waiting. It has all the features that the pleasant-to-look-at product should have: grouping of intercepted information and settings into categories, abundance of nice icons and usability. Another strong point of the program interface is its availability in 12 languages (English, Brazilian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian). Very well!

As for the interception, the keylogger also has a lot of qualities to boast of — it intercepts both sides in all chat messengers, except Skype, mouse-clicks and URLs in four of five browsers (IE, Mozilla, Opera and Chrome). It is able to perform all the operations with screenshots and log user's log off time. It is strange that it is unable to log the log on time though… We should also add the following to the strong points of REFOG Personal Monitor: "Alarms" features, that correspond to the "Reaction to a specific keyword" point in our table, an ability to choose the users to monitor, automated clearance of log-file and an ability to set maximum size of log-files for each user. The keylogger also has good, though not great stealthiness level, as we were able to find its folder by the means, available to an average user. Few previous versions of REFOG Personal Monitor were bad in file-activity monitoring, but this one is capable of monitoring of all the file-activities, except creation of the files.

However, like all the products this one has its own disadvantages. The first one is, like it was already mentioned, a bulk of pre-installation steps to follow, the second one, is intereception of only one side of chat conversations made in Skype. We are also a bit disappointed that such a great and functional program still doesn't intercept outgoing and incoming e-mail messages. Though we are hoping that this feature will be added soon.

Summing up we can say that REFOG Personal Monitor is a quite an advanced product that will come in handy for absolutely all the groups of users except those who pay a lot of attention to complete stealthiness of the program.

Supported Features

Monitoring this group analyzes what monitoring functions the products has, such as keystroke, clipboard, file-activity, etc monitoring.

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Online Monitoring the group that reflects the availability of the functions to monitor users’ online activity, such as URLs visited, 2-side chat conversations interception and emails sent/received.

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Security this group shows how hidden the product is and what self-protection mechanisms it has.

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Reports the group that basically analyzes the convenience of the intercepted information reading, including not only the ways to filter and show it, but also to deliver it remotely.

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Other other functions that cannot be part of any of the other groups listed, though a still very important such as parental control functions, languages, reactions to specific keywords, etc.

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OS Support this group reflect the number and quality of the operation systems supported by the products.

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User reviews and comments

"Probably the best keylogger!"

Posted by tlgunn64 on October 30, 2012
Version under review: REFOG Personal Monitor 7.3
User Rating
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Pros

The company I worked in uses this keylogger to monitor the employees. I haven't tried many of them, yet can say that there is nothing I would have liked this one to have. It shows everything I need: actions with files, visited URLs, chats.

Cons

The price could be lower.

Summary

A very good keylogger.

"The one I was looking for!"

Posted by mscheuerman on October 25, 2012
Version under review: REFOG Personal Monitor 7.3
User Rating
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Pros

A good thing to monitor employees - easy to use, shows me all their activities: chats, links, opened windows and documents!

Cons

Doesn't show conversations in Skype

Summary

Good for use in the office!

"Like it!"

Posted by Sparky on July 6, 2012
Version under review: REFOG Personal Monitor 7.3
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Pros

Installed it on a PC of my daughter and happy with a purchase. Now can read all her chats and see what sites she visits.

Cons

Would be better if a keylogger could block some of the programs as I want her to study more, not surf the Internet and chat with her friends.

Summary

Happy with a purchase. Seems to do almost everything I need.
 

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