How to detect monitoring software on your computer

Monitoring software allows monitoring of employees’ computer usage. A staff member might become aware that monitoring software is installed on their computers and will seek to remove it. This article tells you how to detect monitoring software installed on your computer and remove it safely and easily.

Most people don’t realize that it’s usually pretty easy to detect if you are being monitored. Knowing how to conduct a computer surveillance detection sweep (CSD) will greatly improve your ability to stay anonymous online and on your computer.

The following is a list of steps you can take to detect monitoring software on your computer.

If you have an antivirus program installed on your computer, run a full scan with it. Antivirus programs are designed to find and remove malware, so they’re a good place to start when looking for monitoring software.

Look for any suspicious files in your browser’s cache or history. Monitoring software will often leave traces of itself behind after it has been run, so this is another method you can use to detect it.

Check the processes running on your computer by opening Task Manager (Windows) or Activity Monitor (Mac). If there are any unusual processes running, then it might be monitoring software that has been installed without your knowledge.

Monitoring software is a common tool used in the modern workplace. It can give employers a sense of what their employees are doing on their computers, and it can help employees get things done faster. However, many people have concerns about monitoring software—they worry that it will invade their privacy and leave them open to abuse.

Fortunately, there are several ways to detect monitoring software on your computer. This article will explain what monitoring software is, how it works, and how you can protect yourself from it.

#1 Check Task Manager to if there’s a monitoring program running

How to Tell If Someone is Monitoring Your Computer at Work

Most companies using third-party monitoring software which enables the executive to see what you do with the company’s computer. Assuming your work computer using Windows, you might able to check from Task Manager whether the computer is been monitoring.

Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager. On the Process tab, find a program that potentially monitoring the computer. You might want to check out a top monitoring software to help you determine the name. If you found one exact same name, it means you are being monitored.

So, can I kill the program?

Technically, yes you can, but personally, I highly not recommend that action.

The administrator probably gets a warning from the system and come to your room to enable it back. They might ask you why and you probably will receive a disciplinary letter, or worse.

How about uninstalling the program?

It seems impossible since it was installed by the administrator and the computer you used is a client. Uninstalling the monitoring program may require permission from the upstream which apparently not feasible.

Unplug the Ethernet cable?

Between admin and client computer generally linked by Ethernet cable which also responsible for internet connections. When the cable is detached, the system will immediately identify which the device has been disconnected.

#2 Ask ‘indirectly’ to the administrator/IT team

How to Tell If Someone is Monitoring Your Computer at Work

Not all monitoring software leave a presence in Task Manager. Some of them are more advanced, they run in a stealth-mode and not appear on the installed programs.

According to my experience, you can ask the admin, IT team, or whoever entity that responds to watch the workers. They tend not to answer such questions. Instead, ask a clever question to ‘provoke’ them reveal whether they track client computers.

For example, this is a question that I’ve been used previously (and it works).


Joe, can you come here? I have an issue of my computer.

But Joe is not coming to my block. Instead, he gains access to my computer to resolve the problem remotely. Most monitoring software has a remote control feature that enables them to control the client’s computer from the admin computer.

From there, I realize that I’ve been monitored all along. Here are some similar questions you could pick.

Mark, I have a problem here, can you fix it remotely?

Wade, my monitor just freeze, can you see it from your own?

Nelson, would you like to guide me to blah blah blah?

Use your creativity to build a perfect question based on your situation. The clever the question, the more accurate the answer.

#3 Look back at the hiring agreement

How to Tell If Someone is Monitoring Your Computer at Work

Some companies will tell you if they monitored the workers. It has been written on the hiring agreement or the company’s rules. If you still have the document, try to read it again carefully, you might find hidden information you missed. But some companies also not clearly telling the employees about this policy.

If your boss is a good person and appreciates the privacy concern, perhaps he/she happily answer your question as long as you don’t have negative intentions.

Conclusion: There’s nothing you can do but to obey

There are many ways to tell If someone is monitoring your computer at work, for example by detecting from Task Manager, make a question to the administrator, or look back at the hiring agreement document.

As an employee, obeying the rules is mandatory. After all, companies that monitor their employee didn’t mean to infiltrate your freedom of privacy, but rather protecting the work standard and preventing unnecessary problems.

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