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A system monitor is tracking software used to monitor computer activity. System monitors range in capabilities but may record some or all of the following: keystrokes, screen captures, e-mails, chat room conversations, instant messages, websites visited, programs run, time spent on websites or user programs, usernames, passwords or other types of data in transit.

System monitors

function passively, continually analyzing the data presented to them. System monitors are very similar to antivirus functions in that they can detect what has been defined to them. Monitors can detect trends over time. Examples of monitoring systems include event recognition, pattern or signature recognition, trend analysis, threshold checking, and boundary checking.

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The information is typically either stored for later retrieval or transmitted to the remote process or person employing the monitor. Keyloggers and screen scrapers are types of system monitors.

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