REFOG Keylogger Software for Mac: Record keystrokes, websites visited and chats

REFOG keylogger software for the Mac

The REFOG company provides you with a keylogger for Apple Mac devices that records keystrokes, websites visited, chat processes, programs used and so on. The keylogger program works not only on the Mac, but also on Windows PCs - and that for all users, not just for the user who installed the program.

REFOG Keylogger can be downloaded for free

Why do you need a keylogger software?

The REFOG product page states that you can record your children's usage behavior with the program in order to see whether they are downloading illegal music, viewing violent, pornographic or otherwise unsuitable content. It also shows that you can monitor the usage behavior of your spouse with the Mac keylogger.

But I find the latter borderline, since monitoring computer usage not only shows a lack of trust, but is also a kind of breach of trust. However, if you are concerned about excessive online shopping, gambling in online casinos, or consuming harmful information and thoughts, then it may help.

And personally I use the software to have a little emergency backup while writing. I have here in an older article explains why. ;-)

REFOG Keylogger: Infographic on Internet and computer use by children

According to the company and its infographic, there are around 130 Internet users who are not older than 14 years. In addition, the age of first use continues to decrease; IoT devices, i.e. gadgets that use the so-called "Internet of Things", also contribute to this. But dangers and unsuitable content await children online. You can block these, but you can also bypass the blockages. This is why keylogger software can help - certainly not in the long term, but for sample tests.

Here is the REFOG infographic:

REFOG Infographic on Internet use by children

Click to enlarge

Functions of the REFOG keylogger software at a glance

  • Recording of keystrokes, including written texts, entered URLs, Google searches and so on
  • Regular screenshots of the entire desktop for monitoring consumed texts, images, videos, etc.
  • Recording of browser history, pages visited on the Internet, downloads, etc.
  • Overview of the programs used and the system incidents
  • Chronological listing of the things mentioned according to user accounts so that everything can be assigned
The keylogger interface is intuitive to use

REFOG sample user interface - click to enlarge

Setup and use of the monitoring software

After the Download the software from the REFOG website it has to be installed first. A password must then be set. This password should not be forgotten, because this is the only way to call up the program. Once installed, it runs automatically on the Mac (or Windows PC). The keylogger always acts in the background and is not visible to the individual users. He secretly records everything I have listed for you above. In order to get access to the recordings, you need the password again - and of course you have to know where to call the program.

REFOG software compatibility: Apple OS X, macOS and Microsoft Windows

The keylogger is available for both Mac and iMac, as well as the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and so on. The keylogger software can also be installed on Windows PCs and laptops. According to the provider, these systems are supported:

  • Mac OS 10.12 Sierra, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

About REFOG: Success through corporate oversight

REFOG was founded in 2002 and since then has primarily developed monitoring software for companies, industry and private users. The program Employee Monitor made the company famous. According to REFOG, it is particularly popular with finance companies. Already "on more than 48 million computers in 201 countries around the world“The programs, keyloggers and monitoring solutions from REFOG have already been installed, the company announces on its website. "Our mission is to provide reliable and functional solutions for employee monitoring in companies. We help customers protect trade secrets and intellectual property and comply with company guidelines without putting employees under pressure, and without filters and prohibitions.“, It also says.

Download Keylogger for Mac: the free download of the monitoring software

One can of course be critical of such a program. Why you should monitor your husband or wife - especially without a known problem that can manifest on the computer or the Internet - is not entirely clear to me. With regard to the children, I don't see things as entirely positive either. However, the forbidden, or at least the wicked, is always very attractive, that is clear. However, such monitoring and recording of user activities should not replace information about computer usage and Internet content.

With these thoughts in mind, I would now like to give you the link for the download: Click here. Remember, however, that monitoring loved ones on the computer can be seen as a breach of trust and mistrust - and rightly so. In addition, you should not maliciously spy on people with this software. Not just because it is illegal on machines that are not your property; but also and above all because it is not really morally justifiable. As I said: there are exceptions in individual cases - in the case of gambling addiction, suspicion of illegal activities, thoughts about (self) hatred, (mental) illness, suicidal thoughts and so on that are disseminated or consumed on the Internet.

Note for the evaluation of the recordings

Surveillance is all well and good, but what exactly do you do with the collected data? As already indicated, I do not advocate any use of the keylogger software. However, it can help to understand dangerous or simply undesirable activities. How did the virus get onto the computer? Are the children circumventing the Internet block or the blocking of game sites? Which online gambling sites still have to be blocked because the partner spends too many nights there (and leaves too much money there)? Which forums should be blocked for sending dangerous thoughts? These questions can be clarified. I cannot and do not want to give any detailed information about talking to the individual users. Only this much: only reason wins, anger only creates defiant reactions and thus perhaps other unsightly things on the computer.

Conclusion on the topic and your opinion

REFOG's keylogger is user-friendly (at least for the user in the true sense of the word). The program has a nice interface and can be operated intuitively, extensive computer skills are not required. However, monitoring is not morally justifiable for many groups of people. Perhaps in individual cases and when bringing up children. In short: if you should use the program, please be careful.

What do you think of that? Feel free to write a comment on the general topic of user monitoring on the Mac or specifically on the REFOG keylogger.

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  1. Tonyi says:

    1. OSX_REFOGKEYLOGGER.MSGKD15 Can someone tell me from this information which entrepreneur or company comes from?
    2. How can I remove it?


    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Tonii! The program comes from the manufacturer Refog. However, I would be wondering how it gets on your Mac. If you haven't installed it, someone else installed it for you. With the aim of writing down all of your data entries. That means in plain language: If someone has set it up for you, then he knows all your passwords, etc. You can of course go there and delete the program, but the person still knows all your logins and everything you have typed in.

      I am overwhelmed by the question of removal. The tool makes itself as invisible as possible so that you don't notice that you are being monitored. That's why you will with it AppCleaner for example not find it. But I found this guide in a Mac forum:

      1. Open the terminal and type in the following:
      defaults write AppleShowAllFiles 1
      This will show you hidden files.
      Then the Finder has to be restarted, you can either do this by simply clicking on the finder symbol in the dock with the right mouse button and restarting it or by entering killall Finder in the terminal.

      2. Now click on the Refog symbol in the toolbar and select the Show protocol item.
      The program's user interface will now open.
      3. Click with the right mouse button on the refog symbol in the dock and select the item Show in Finder.
      4. Now move the two folders Smoke and Refog2 to the desktop.
      Simply deleting the folders makes little sense because the program is still running in the background and the recycle bin cannot be emptied accordingly.
      5. Then the computer will restart.
      Refog should not be able to start under normal circumstances, the Refog symbol in the toolbar should have disappeared.
      6. Now just delete the two folders from the desktop and empty the trash.

  2. Tonyi says:

    Hi all,

    I installed Trend Micro, the alarm was triggered by Trend on May 01st, 2020! My MRT Tool (Malware Removel Tool) is deactivated for me. MRT and XProtect were updated on April 24th, 2020 the only strange thing is that the MRT is an application and not a. ".bundle" is more!

    Question 1: Was there a recent update from apple regarding MRT and XProtect.bundle?

    That would be the explanation: Trend Micro reacted incorrectly to this update !!!!! Or?

    Today, May 03rd, 2020 my problem or alarm no longer exists because Trend Micro has fixed it.

    Question 2: As mentioned above, MRT is declared as an application and deactivated, is it bad for my system? Would you recommend that I install a fresh operating system? How can I restore MRI? That it is going well.



    Info about Trend Micro excerpt from the Internet:
    "Restore] Incorrect warning information: OSX_REFOGKEYLOGGER.MSGKD15
    [Updated on: May 2, 2020 02:40 AM]
    [Posted on: May 1, 2020 16:00 PM]

    We have confirmed the occurrence of false warnings caused by the malware name OSX_REFOGKEYLOGGER.MSGKD15.

    * False positive is a case where our product gives a false warning that it is infected even though it is not infected with a virus.

    ■ Information about the target pattern file

    Mac heuristic pattern

    * It doesn't depend on the specific sample version.

    ■ Date and time of occurrence

    2020/05/01 06:00 ~ 2020/05/01 22:00

    ■ Malware detected


    ■ Sphere of influence

    We have confirmed that a false positive will occur when updating Apple's MRT (Malware Removel Tool) on macOS after 5/1.

    * Regarding the malware OSX_REFOGKEYLOGGER.MSGKD15, the signature of the sample file was not changed in the near future and the detection occurred because the MRT update matched the existing signature.

    ■ Support status
    2020/05/01 At around 22:00 pm, we released the modified Mac heuristic pattern "1.488.00:XNUMX".

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Tonii! I think if I read the update correctly that it was just a false positive that has now been fixed. So, from my point of view, nothing more could be done. VG, Jens

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