Detective Dominator Keystroke Recorder Manual
Important Information for first time users!
Running at windows startup: In order to avoid conflicts with Microsoft Vista the option to run at windows startup is now configured by the installer, because the installer always runs with admin rights. To change your Run At Startup preference simply run the installer again. You can install directly over an old installation without losing your settings.
Quick StartHow to start monitoring use of your computer right away.
Whether you want to monitor your computer while you are away, retrieve lost information, or monitor your children's activity, you've chosen the right software for the job.
If this is the first time you have opened the program, you can start monitoring your computer immediately with just one button click. All of the program options are preset so that the software will work immediately, just Click the “Start Capture” button.
Starting a Capture ProjectWhen you click the “Start Capture” button, a new project will be created. You will be asked to choose a name for the project. Pick a name that is easy for you to remember, or leave the suggested name (the project's date and time). A new folder for this project will be created in your Projects folder in the directory where you installed this software.
The software will immediately begin to capture the following types of information:
You may enable or disable any of the capture types, including screenshots, in the Options window.
Stealth ModeIf you want the program to hide itself from view and remove itself from the Windows Application list, click the Stealth button. The program will run silently and capture all activity on your computer. When you want to make the program visible again, click
Control + Shift + F5
Viewing Captured InformationYou can view what you have captured by clicking any of the following buttons on the left hand side of the screen:
Silently Emailing Capture LogsThis program contains a built in email engine that can email you a copy of the current capture log at scheduled intervals. In order to do this, you must first enter your mail server settings. If you don't know your mail server settings, they can normally be found by opening the program you use to send and receive email. Look for the “Accounts” area that lists all of your mail settings.
Step One: Click the “Options” button to display the options screen
Step Two: Enter your mail server, for example, mail.YourServer.com Note: The settings for this program are very similar to the settings used in Microsoft Outlook. If you are not sure what mail server or other settings to use, try a search on Google.com for configuring Microsoft Outlook with your email account.
Step Three: Enter your mail server's port. This is normally port 25 or 1025.
Step Four: Enter the Email Address on you want the email to be sent to. It is a good idea to use an email address that is on the same server you entered in step two.
Step Five: Enter the email address that the email should appear to be from. It is a good idea to enter the same email that you entered in step Four to avoid conflicts with your mail server.
Step Six: If your mail server requires a username/password combination, enter them and check the box marked “Use Authentication.By default, the program will send log files at attachments. However, some web-based email accounts like Hotmail/Netscape have problems receiving attachments. If you find that you cannot properly receive attachments, uncheck the box labeled “Send as attachment”. This will insert your log files into the email as plain-text.
When you are finished, click the “Send Test Message” button. If configured correctly, you should see a confirmation that the email has been sent, and it will arrive in your email inbox momentarily.
TIP: If your web server can't accept email sent by this program do a google search for “free email pop3” without the quotes. This will display many email providers that offer free access. Just create an account and view the provider's help section for setting up their service in Microsoft Outlook. The server, ports, and authentication settings will be the same as the instructions for Outlook.
Using the SchedulerThe program includes a scheduler that lets you schedule simple tasks to be completed at a given time or interval. The following tasks can be automated:
Other Recommended SettingsWe recommend enabling the following settings in the Options window:
Viewing and replaying and deleting capturesOpening an existing project
All of your capture projects are saved in the /Projects/ folder directly beneath the folder you installed this software in. If you want to open an old capture project, click the “Open Log” button on the left hand side of the screen.
Navigate to the specific folder for the project you wish to open. You should see a file called caplog.log. Select the file and click the Open button.
Your capture will then be loaded into the program. Its progress will be displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the screen, and you will be notified when it has finished loading.
You can now look through all of the capture information as if it had just been captured.
Viewing a project in Playback mode
Each project can be played back in near real time, allowing you to see keystrokes, screenshots and websites exactly as they were originally entered/viewed.
First, open the capture log of the project you wish to view. Then click the “Playback” button on the left hand side of the screen.
Click the Play button to begin playback of the log.
Any keys viewed will be entered just as they were originally typed.
Any websites viewed will display automatically in the built-in browser. You must be connected to the internet to view websites.
Any screenshots taken will be thumbnailed in the screenshot window. You can click this thumbnail to enlarge it to full-screen. When you are finished looking at the screenshot, click anywhere on the screen to exit full-screen mode and return the image to it's thumbnailed size.
You can click the fast forward button to make the playback speed 3 times faster. Click it again to return to normal speed.
If you notice a long period of inactivity, click the “Skip to next event” button to fast forward through empty spaces in the log file.
If you would like to delete all the captured information for a particular log, open the log and then click “Actions - > Clear Log” in the menu at the top of the screen. This well delete all information stored in the log.
In some cases a file may be protected by your operating system, or in use at the time, and the software will not be able to delete it. You can manually delete logs, and the screenshots and web pages associated with them, by browsing to the “Projects” folder using windows explorer. The project folder is located in the same folder you have installed the software.
If you attempt to delete a project folder and receive the message “Could not delete [folder]” it may be because files in the folder are currently in use. Closing programs or restarting your computer should resolve this.
How to hide this program from prying eyes
In addition to enabling Stealth Mode, you may wish to take extra precautions to prevent this program from being found. We recommend the following:
Troubleshooting and SupportIf you encounter a run-time error 75 it means that the current account does not have write permission in the folder that you specified to save capture in. Change the capture directory in the options windows to resolve the problem. Try creating a folder directly on the C drive and saving captures there. If you run into any problems while using this software, please feel free to contact our support department. Our most current contact information is available on our website. You can visit our website at any time by clicking the website button at the top right hand corner of the program window. ï»¿