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There ought to be a simple program that will yes-or-no identify is there is spyware using windows keyboard hooks. Yet I can't find it.

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It might help to get better answers if you clarify which version of Windows you are using as some tools will work better with different versions. The short answer is I don't think you will find "the best tool" - there are a myriad of different ways to hook into the keyboard (from what I understand) so its a more complex problem than you might first imagine.

The Microsoft article is helpful and links to Microsoft Security Essentials which is free and a good start : http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/spyware-indicators.aspx

HiJackThis is a great tool that shows you a lot of information about what is in your registry and startup settings, which can help you look for anomalies. It requires some experience to read one of these logs, but you can kind of fumble through with a bit of googling: http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/

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Part of the challenge of writing any kind of malware is avoiding detection... –  vonbrand Feb 23 '13 at 4:33
    
I'm chasing a problem which my best guess is that there's a keyboard hook that is swallowing all input, simulating a nonfunctional keyboard. This doesn't seem to be the M.O. of any known malware, but it might be a symptom of some other kind of damage in the complex and opaque keyboard processing windows does. –  ddyer Feb 23 '13 at 8:49

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