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Your HP laptop might be recording every key that you press!
Users using HP laptops could have shared everything they have ever typed on their laptops, without even knowing.

Swiss security firm ModZero has claimed to have discovered dozens of HP laptop models that have an audio driver installed which logs users keystrokes. That is, every single key pressed on the affected laptop is recorded.

Though, the manufacturer of the chips has reportedly denied the allegation and has claimed that recording keys is only a means of detecting when a hotkey is pressed.

"The purpose of the software is to recognise whether a special key has been pressed or released. Instead, however, the developer has introduced a number of diagnostic and debugging features to ensure that all keystrokes are either broadcasted through a debugging interface or written to a log file in a public directory on the hard-drive," PCGammer quoted ModZero.

Also, the log of pressed keys gets stored in a plain text log file which can be found at C:\Users\Public\MicTray.log

ModZero has claimed that it has informed both HP as well as Conexant, the chip manufacturer but both the companies have declined to take responsibility for the issue. That is when ModZero decided to put the information in public domain.

If you own an HP laptop, look for the presence of C:\Windows\System32\MicTray64.exe or C:\Windows\System32\MicTray.exe

Once you find the files, rename them.

Here is a list of affected models:

HP EliteBook 820 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 828 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 840 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 848 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 850 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 640 G2 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 650 G2 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 645 G2 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 655 G2 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 430 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 440 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 446 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 470 G3 Notebook PC

HP ProBook 455 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 725 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 745 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 755 G3 Notebook PC

HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Notebook PC

HP ZBook 15u G3 Mobile Workstation

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with Travel Keyboard

HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Advanced Keyboard

HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G3 Notebook PC

HP ZBook 17 G3 Mobile Workstation

HP ZBook 15 G3 Mobile Workstation

HP ZBook Studio G3 Mobile Workstation

HP EliteBook Folio G1 Notebook PC

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