This user guide isn’t the only documentation for AceSpy. This is simply a quick reference guide. All AceSpy customers receive full documentation from within the program by going to Help > Documentation.
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Installing AceSpy Spy Software
Installing AceSpy is extremely easy. After you order you will receive an email with detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to download the program and start the installation. For maximum stealthiness, we recommend keeping all the default options during installation.
AceSpy installs in Stealth Mode
This mode creates no icons or folders and makes the program invisible to others. This means it is invisible from task bar, task list, close program, etc. To access the interface later, you would normally close all open windows and press the hot key sequence.
NOTE: The default hot key sequence can be found inside the program by clicking > Options > Advanced > Hot-Key. These are the four keys you will press together on your keyboard to get to the password screen.
Once AceSpy is installed it loads automatically with each computer boot in stealth mode. After you finish installation you will be asked to create your password as shown below.
After setting up AceSpy for the first time, you will enter the Main Interface shown above. This is also where you will come in the future to change options. Also, even if you choose to use the Email Delivery feature, this is where you can come anytime to view any activity recorded.
Basic Usage Instructions
Anytime you are within the interface, AceSpy automatically stops monitoring. When you are finished inside the interface, click the “X” at the top right corner. Then, click “Yes” to hide the interface and continue monitoring. Additionally, you can stop or start monitoring activity by clicking the “Start/Stop” button on the Home Screen.
So when you want to view recorded activity, you would open the interface with the hot key sequence. After you are inside, click any of the categories on the left side. Then choose the activity type you wish to view from the category menu. You can change options the same way by clicking an Options category, then choosing an option type in the category menu.
If you ever want to *completely* exit AceSpy and stop monitoring until your computer is rebooted, simply click the “X” at the top right corner. Then select “NO” and AceSpy will shut down completely. It will reload again the next time your computer is rebooted.
Viewing Activity Overview
There are THREE different categories of activity viewers within AceSpy. Each is outlined and then described below.
- General Activity Category: Basic PC non-Internet activity including keystrokes.
- Internet Activity Category Internet Activity such as emails and chats.
- Visual Surveillance Category: Screenshots and Webcam recordings.
General Activity Category
- Applications Ran: View programs executed on the PC.
- Clipboard Activities: View text sent to clipboard by date and window title.
- File/Folder Activities: View a list of new files/folders created or deleted.
- Keystrokes Log: View keystrokes typed by date and window title.
- Printer Activities: View documents printed by date.
- Windows Opened: View windows opened or clicked on by the user.
- AceSpy Events: View AceSpy’s program activity log.
Internet Activity Category
- Chat Conversations Log: View full chat transcripts.
- MySpace Web Pages: View each MySpace page visited in it’s entirety.
- MySpaceIM Logs: View rapid screenshots of MySpaceIM chats.
- Web Sites Visited: View list of URLs visited in major browsers.
- Emails Sent/Received: View full emails sent and received.
Visual Surveillance Category
- Screenshots Captured: View screenshots with date and window title.
- Webcam Pics: View surveillance snapshots taken by your webcam.
Options Category Overview
There are THREE different options panels within AceSpy. These are the GENERAL OPTIONS, ADVANCED OPTIONS, and BLOCKING AND FILTERING panels. The six icon names on the “Options” screen are shortcuts to specific sections within one of the three panels. The icons are described below, and after that, each panel is described in detail.
- General: This takes you to the GENERAL OPTIONS panel.
- Advanced: This takes you to the ADVANCED OPTIONS panel.
- Email: This takes you to the ADVANCED OPTIONS panel.
- Screenshots: This takes you to the GENERAL OPTIONS panel.
- Filtering: This takes you to the BLOCKING AND FILTERING panel.
- Scheduling: This takes you to the GENERAL OPTIONS panel.
General Options Panel
- General: Stealth, Startup and Password options.
- Logging: The checklist to determine what will be recorded.
- Screen: Screen capture and webcam settings and options.
- Location: Specifies where AceSpy logs will be stored.
- Schedule: Enables/Disables scheduled logging.
- Lockdown: Enables/Disables PC Lockdown schedule.
Advanced Options Panel
- Priority: Thread Priority settings to adjust system performance.
- Splash: Enables/Disables the Splash Screen startup warning.
- Emails: Enables/Disables email delivery of logs.
- Hot-Key: Changes the defaults Hot Key sequence.
- Auto-Clean: Automatic maintenance, UNINSTALL ACESPY and DELETE ALL LOGS button.
Blocking And Filtering Panel
Instant Mails: This is where you tell AceSpy whether or not to FORWARD EMAILS AND CHATS. Forward Email Delivery instantly copies every email sent or received to the email address in the “Email To:” field of your Email Configuration. Express Delivery of IMs / Chats instantly copies all chat conversations recorded the instant the chat window is closed.
Block URLs: Enter URLs to be blocked in Internet Explorer and Firefox. To block all pages of a certain site, enter two entries for it. One would be http://www.whatever.com and the second one would be http://whatever.com.
Keystrokes: Enter words that will cause Instant Keyword Alerts to be sent anytime someone types a specified keyword within this list. For this option to properly work, you must have already setup your Auto Email settings. Example entries could be sex or a person’s name. Check the “Attach Screenshot” field to attach a current screenshot as the word was typed!
Windows: Window Title Blocking will close windows containing any of the keywords within their title. i.e. outlook or a filename such as msmsgs.exe
Web Content: This feature tells AceSpy to scan every web page that is visited in Internet Explorer. If a word on this list is encountered, then the user will be forwarded to an access denied page. Example entry is same as Keystrokes examples.
Applications: Application and Window Blocking will close windows containing any of the keywords within their title. i.e. outlook or a filename such as msmsgs.exe or you can click Browse to select an application from your hard drive to be blocked when executed.
User Filter: User filtering settings to avoid monitoring specific users. Enter any unique portion of a Windows username to avoid monitoring a user. In Windows XP/Vista, the username can be found by clicking Start, and then looking at the top of the menu. This is your username and any unique portion can be typed. For example, if your name username is Tom Smith, you could simply enter Tom.
NOTE: Always remember to check the “Enable” button for each of the features below if you are turning one on for the first time. Also, anytime you make changes, click Apply and then OK to get back to the interface. Some of the commands below require a restart before the action is taken. If you make major changes to AceSpy it is recommended that you completely EXIT AceSpy and then restart your PC.