Hardware Keylogger User Guide - KeyGrabber PS/2

KeyGrabber PS/2
User’s Guide
KeyGrabber PS/2
8 MB / 2 GB
with USB Download Accelerator
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Table of contents
Table of contents ...................................................................................................................... 2
Getting started .......................................................................................................................... 2
Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 3
About the product ................................................................................................................. 3
Features ............................................................................................................................... 3
Requirements ....................................................................................................................... 3
Applications .......................................................................................................................... 4
Quick start ................................................................................................................................ 5
Recording keystrokes ............................................................................................................... 7
Viewing recorded data.............................................................................................................. 8
Text menu ............................................................................................................................. 8
Text menu options .............................................................................................................. 10
USB Download Accelerator ................................................................................................ 14
Configuration options ............................................................................................................. 16
National keyboard layouts ...................................................................................................... 18
Using KL Tools ....................................................................................................................... 19
Specifications ......................................................................................................................... 20
Troubleshooting...................................................................................................................... 21
List of special keys ................................................................................................................. 23
Legal disclaimer ..................................................................................................................... 24
Getting started
Already familiar with KeyGrabber keyloggers?
 Start key-logging in 2 simple steps: section Quick start
New to KeyGrabber hardware keyloggers?
 Learn about keystroke recording first: section Recording keystrokes
 Then learn to retrieve the recorded data: section Viewing recorded data
Questions or problems?
 Go through the Troubleshooting section.
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Introduction
About the product
The KeyGrabber PS/2 is an advanced PS/2 hardware keylogger with a huge 8 MB or 2 GB
internal flash disk, organized as a file system. Text data typed on the PS/2 keyboard will be
captured and stored on the internal Flash Drive in a special file. Recorded text data may be
retrieved and analyzed on any other computer. The standard playback mode is a text menu,
generated by the hardware keylogger in any text editor (such as Notepad). The USB
Download Accelerator allows super fast data retrieve from the keylogger using a USB port.
The device is 100% transparent for computer operation and no software or drivers are
required for operation.
Features

Huge memory capacity (up to 2 GB), organized as a flash file system
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Advanced text menu for viewing recorded keystroke data, includes Net Detective,
Phrase Search, Key Filtering, Unplug Counter and more!
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Compatible with all PS/2 keyboards
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Ultra fast memory contents retrieve with the USB Download Accelerator (included with
device)
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Transparent to computer operation, undetectable for security scanners
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No software or drivers required, operating system independent
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Memory protected with strong 128-bit encryption
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Multi-language menu: English, German, Spanish, and French
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Quick and easy national keyboard layout support
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Ultra compact and discrete, only 1.9" (48 mm) long
Requirements
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Computer with standard PS/2 keyboard and port
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Optionally for using the USB Download Accelerator: computer with USB Mass-Storage
device support
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Applications
Employers:

Monitor acceptable internet usage
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Monitor employee productivity
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Detect unauthorized access attempts
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Backup typed text

Collect computer usage statistics
Parents:
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Monitor your family's computer activity
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Protect your child from on-line hazards and predators
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Observe WWW, E-mail, and chat usage
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Save a copy of written documents
Investigators:
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Monitor remote computers

Retrieve unknown passwords, operating system independent
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Collect computer-related evidence

Detect unauthorized use of computer equipment
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Quick start
This section contains concise information on basic keylogger handling. If you need detailed
instructions, please refer to sections Recording keystrokes and Viewing recorded data.
To record keystrokes, plug the device in-between the keyboard and PS/2 port.
To view recorded data, plug the device in-between the keyboard and PS/2 port, and open a
text editor (such as Notepad). Then press the 3-key combination simultaneously (by default
K, B, D)
A text menu will pop up, showing available options. Use the text menu to browse recorded
keystroke data.
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Alternatively, to gain instant access to the entire log, connect the keylogger to a USB port
using the USB Download Accelerator.
The keylogger will pop up as a removable drive, containing the file LOG.TXT. This file will
contain all recorded keystroke data.
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Recording keystrokes
Installation of the KeyGrabber PS/2 in record mode is quick and easy. Simply plug it inbetween the PS/2 keyboard and the PS/2 port (purple color). No software or drivers are
required to operate in record mode. The KeyGrabber PS/2 will start recording all data typed
on the keyboard to the internal flash disk. Once recording starts, new data will be appended
to the end of the log file. The device is completely transparent for operation of the computer.
Disconnect the PS/2 keyboard from the keyboard port (purple color).
Connect the KeyGrabber PS/2 between the keyboard and the PS/2 port. Keystroke
logging will start automatically on power-up.
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Viewing recorded data
Text menu
Once data has been captured, it may be retrieved on any other computer by invoking a textmenu. The hardware keylogger and PS/2 keyboard should be connected in the same way, as
while recording keystrokes. A text editor is required, such as Notepad. Run the text editor and
make it the active application.
Each device has a built-in 3-key combination (by default K, B, D). Press these 3 magic keys
simultaneously to trigger the text-menu.
The KeyGrabber PS/2 will respond by simulating the PS/2 keyboard and will display a textmenu in the editor window.
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The displayed main menu shows a summary of memory usage in bytes and pages. The text
menu offers a variety of view, search, and configuration options. Use the digit keys to browse
around the menu.
Note: do not change the active application while in text-menu mode.
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Text menu options
A brief description of the main menu options follows.
MAIN MENU
------------------------1. View memory...
2. Erase memory...
3. String search...
4. Net Detective...
5. Disable logging...
6. Change password...
7. Configuration options...
8. Unplug counter...
9. Exit
------------------------Please choose [1-9]:
► View logged data from internal memory
► Erase memory log file
► Search memory log for phrase
► Search for Web & E-mail addresses
► Disable/enable logging
► Change 3-key password for menu access
► Advanced configuration options
► Menu access detector (unplug counter)
► Exit menu, return to record mode
1. View memory...
This menu allows viewing the memory log file on a page basis. Log file pages are displayed in
the text editor after selecting the start page (first, last, or manually selected page). The
memory will be displayed with regard to the currently enabled national keyboard layout.
Special keys are displayed using brackets, i.e. [Ent], [Esc]. To gain fast access to the entire
log file, use the USB Download Accelerator.
Note: moving the PS/2 mouse during data retrieve will decrease transmission speed. Do not
change the active application while retrieving data.
2. Erase memory...
Use the erase menu to delete the log file. Due to the huge memory capacity, the internal flash
disk has to be erased very rarely (typically once every few years). This can also be done in
Flash Drive mode using the USB Download Accelerator.
3. String search...
Use this menu to search the log file for a particular phrase. Phrase length is 3-16 characters.
The conducted search is case-insensitive. The log file will be searched with regard to the
enabled national layout. Results are displayed in local context and with occurrence page
number.
Note: do not use any editing keys (arrows, backspace, delete etc.) while entering the search
string.
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4. Net Detective...
Use Net Detective to search for WWW, E-mail, and FTP addresses within the log file. This is
an extended phrase search.
5. Disable/enable logging...
Use this menu to disable or enable keystroke logging in record mode. Text menu functionality
will not be affected.
6. Change password...
Allows changing the default 3-key combination for triggering the text menu. Only letter keys
are allowed. The sequence in which password characters are entered does not matter. The
new password will be stored to the internal flash disk. Please memorize or note the new
password, otherwise text menu access will not be possible!
7. Configuration options...
Enters the configuration sub-menu. Configuration options include:
 Special key logging. Changing the special key log level results in logging of only text,
logging text and function keys, or logging text and all special keys. Logging all keys is
not recommended due to large memory usage and difficult log file analysis.
 Keystroke generation speed. Enable slow keystroke speed when your computer
cannot acknowledge and display characters from the keylogger fast enough. This will
result in a system beep and distorted menu display. If you have a fast system, it is
possible to increase keystroke generation speed for faster menu displaying.
 USB mode. This option allows disabling or enabling the USB Flash Drive functionality
through the USB Download Accelerator.
 Layout mode. This option allows enabling or disabling the currently loaded layout. This
option is intended for allowing the text data to be further processed with an external
software text converter.
 Encryption. This option allows enabling or disabling flash disk encrypting. Encryption
will ensure full confidentiality of the stored data, even if the device is physically
tampered with. Important: toggling the encryption setting will format the entire flash
disk. All data will be lost, including the configuration and layout file! The log,
configuration, and layout files should be restored manually by the user.
 Language. This option allows changing the language of the text menu between
English, German, Spanish, and French.
The configuration sub-menu also allows restoring the default configuration. Configuration data
is stored in a special file on the internal flash disk.
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8. Unplug counter...
Displays the unplug counter status, a value increased each time the keylogger is powered-up,
and reset after each menu access. This tool will help you determine, how many times the
computer was powered up and if the keylogger was unplugged during computer usage. If the
text menu is invoked each time you use the computer, this value should always show zero. A
different value indicates the computer was used without your knowledge, or the keylogger
was detached at least once.
9. Exit
Exit from text menu and return to record mode. Settings will be stored. Be sure to exit
playback mode using a menu option, otherwise the keylogger will remain in text menu mode.
Note: the menu is exited automatically after 5 minutes of keyboard inactivity.
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Sub-menus offer more options. Most sub-menus are self-explanatory.
VIEW MEMORY
------------------------1. Start from first page
2. Start from last page
3. Start from selected page
4. Main menu
5. Exit
------------------------Please choose [1-5]:
► Start viewing from first memory page
► Start viewing from last memory page
► Start viewing from selected page
► Return to main menu
► Exit menu, return to record mode
VIEW MEMORY
------------------------1. Next page
2. Previous page
3. Jump to selected page
4. Main menu
5. Exit
------------------------Please choose [1-5]:
► Jump to next memory page
► Jump to previous memory page
► Jump to selected page
► Return to main menu
► Exit menu, return to record mode
ERASE MEMORY
------------------------1. Proceed - recorded data will be lost!
2. Cancel
------------------------Please choose [1-2]:
NET DETECTIVE
------------------------1. WWW addresses
2. E-mail addresses
3. FTP addresses
4. Main menu
5. Exit
------------------------Please choose [1-5]:
► Proceed with erasing
► Return to main menu
► Search memory for WWW addresses
► Search memory for E-mail addresses
► Search memory for FTP addresses
► Return to main menu
► Exit menu, return to record mode
CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
------------------------1. Special key logging
2. Keystroke generation speed
3. Set USB mode
4. Set layout mode
5. Language options
6. Encryption
7. Restore defaults
8. Main menu
9. Exit
------------------------Please choose [1-5]:
► Configure special key logging
► Change keystroke speed
► Enable/disable USB mode
► Enable/disable layout
► Text menu language
► Flash disk encryption
► Restore default settings
► Return to main menu
► Exit menu, return to record mode
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USB Download Accelerator
The USB Download Accelerator provides an alternative data retrieve method to the text
menu. The USB Download Accelerator allows super-fast retrieve of the entire data log file by
switching to flash drive mode. A USB 1.1 or 2.0 port is required.
Connect the KeyGrabber PS/2 to any free USB port, using the provided USB Download
Accelerator. Do not connect the PS/2 keyboard to the hardware keylogger.
After a few seconds, the hardware keylogger will automatically get detected as a mass
storage device. The operating system will use the standard built-in mass storage driver (MS
Windows 7 in the following examples).
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Depending on the drive letters available, the device will be visible as a new drive, for example
F:. Use the systems file manager to browse this disk (for example Explorer). The keyboard
will be disconnected and unavailable, so the mouse must be used to browse the disk.
By default, the flash disk will contain the file LOG.TXT, containing all data captured in record
mode. This file is a text log formatted in the same way as data would appear on the screen in
text menu playback mode. Use any text editor to view the file LOG.TXT (for example
Notepad). The flash drive root folder will also contain a configuration file named
CONFIG.TXT.
The log file may be copied to the hard drive, or examined directly from the keylogger. Fast
USB data transfer allows browsing the entire file within seconds. Erasing and editing the file
LOG.TXT is obsolete, because the flash disk has a huge memory worth of years of intensive
typing. After viewing the log file, use the standard system disk removal procedure. For MS
Windows, left-click on the Safe Removal icon in the system tray and select the appropriate
drive.
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Configuration options
The KeyGrabber PS/2 may be configured through the file CONFIG.TXT, placed in the Flash
Drive root folder. All configuration options can be set using the text menu (see section Text
Menu). This is the recommended way of configuring the device. However, it is also possible
to configure the device manually, by creating a file named CONFIG.TXT using the following
template:
Password=KBD
LogSpecialKeys=Medium
Language=English
This file should be placed in the root folder of the flash drive by using the USB Download
Accelerator. The new configuration will be loaded on next power-up.
A full list of available parameters with descriptions is available below.
Basic parameter list
Parameter
Password
LogSpecialKeys
DisableLogging
DisableLayout
DisableUsb
Language
Values
3-character password
(default KBS)
None
Medium (default)
Full
Yes
No (default)
Yes
No (default)
Menu
Yes
No (default)
English (default)
Deutsch
Espanol
Francais
Example
Description
Password=SVL
Three-character key combination for
activating Flash Drive mode.
LogSpecialKeys=Full
Special key logging level.
DisableLogging=Yes
Keystroke logging disable flag.
DisableLayout=Yes
National layout disable flag (see
section National keyboard layouts).
DisableUsb=Yes
USB Flash Drive mode disable flag.
Language=Espanol
Text menu language.
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Advanced parameter list (use only when you know what you’re doing!)
Parameter
Values
Example
Description
Encryption
Yes
No (default)
Encryption=No
Flash
drive
encryption
setting
(caution: changing this value will reformat the flash drive).
KeystrokeSpeed=Slow
Keystroke generation speed.
DisableMenu=Yes
Text menu disable flag.
KeystrokeSpeed
DisableMenu
Slow
Medium (default)
Fast
Yes
No (default)
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National keyboard layouts
It is possible to enable a national layout for language-adapted keyboards, such as French,
German etc. This will allow national characters to get logged properly (including those with Alt
Gr), such as ö, æ, ß, ó etc. The following example demonstrates the advantages of applying
the German national layout.
Text logged without layout
Text logged with layout
Kezlogger )PS-2 / USB=
KeyLogger (PS/2 & USB)
To enable a national layout, the appropriate layout file named LAYOUT.PS2 must be placed
on the flash disks root folder. The file must be copied using the USB Download Accelerator.
Layout files may be obtained from the CD-ROM attached with the device.
To enable the layout, safely remove the flash disk and connect the keylogger to the PS/2 port.
On power-up, the layout file will be loaded automatically.
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Using KL Tools
KL Tools is a free application delivered with all KeyGrabber series devices. KL Tools assists
in configuring a KeyGrabber keylogger and retrieving the recorded data it contains. It is not
necessary to operate the device, but may speed up usage by its intuitive user interface.
KL Tools is available on the CD-ROM attached with the device. Installing KL Tools is
straightforward. Simply follow the installation wizard and answer standard questions. When
initialized, KL Tools will ask for the device type, and assist in configuring the device and
retrieving the log file. There is no special knowledge required to use KL Tools – simply follow
the instructions displayed by the application.
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Specifications
Power supply – 4.5 V – 5.5 V DC (drawn from the PS/2 or USB port)
Power consumption – 65 mA (0.33 W)
Keyboard support – PS/2-compatible keyboard
Maximum burst log speed – 500 byte/s (approx.)
Maximum continuous log speed – 100 byte/s (approx.)
Memory capacity – 8 MB / 2 GB
Data retention – 100 years
Maximum log read speed – 150 kB/s
Dimensions inc. connectors (L x W x H) – 48 mm x 15 mm x 15 mm (1.9" x 0.6" x 0.6")
All KeyGrabber products come with 1 year warranty against manufacturer defects. Defect
products must be shipped by the customer. All warranty repairs and delivery to the customer
will be paid by the manufacturer.
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Troubleshooting
The KeyGrabber PS/2 will not work with the following hardware configurations:
1. Internal laptop keyboards
2. USB keyboards (even with adapters)
3. Non-conformant PS/2 keyboards
The keyboard is not responding
The keyboard connector or the keylogger connector is not inserted firmly. Please check the
connection with the PS/2 keyboard (purple color plug) and PS/2 port (purple color socket).
The keylogger does not respond to the 3-key combination
Please check the following:
1. Is the keylogger inserted between the PS/2 keyboard and the PS/2 (purple color) port?
2. Is your 3-key combination correct?
3. Are you pressing the 3 keys simultaneously? The 3-key combination will not be
accepted if pressed sequentially.
4. Do you have a text editor active (such as Notepad)?
5. Check flash drive mode with the USB Download Accelerator. Check if the log file and
configuration file exist and are readable.
Problems with logging national characters
Please check if you have downloaded the correct layout file and copied it to the flash disk root
directory? If not, please check the National keyboard layouts section.
The menu is not displayed properly
Please check the following:
1. Do you have a slow PC? Switch to slow keystroke generation speed.
2. Are you using a standard text editor? Is it the active application? Switch to a simple
text editor (such as Notepad).
3. Have you enabled the correct national layout?
4. Are you moving the PS/2 mouse during transmission? Do not use the PS/2 mouse
while in text mode.
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The USB Download Accelerator does not work
Please check the following:
1. Does your computer have a working USB 1.1 or 2.0 port?
2. Is the USB Download Accelerator inserted firmly between the keylogger and the USB
port?
3. Have you left the keyboard connected to the keylogger? Disconnect the keyboard.
4. Does your operating system have built-in USB Mass Storage drivers? Older systems
(for example Windows 95/98/NT) require installation of a universal mass storage driver.
5. Are you giving the device enough time to install? Flash disk installation can take up to
30 seconds, especially during first-time installation.
Problems with detecting the PS/2 keyboard during system startup
Some systems try to enumerate the keylogger as a USB device before initializing the
keyboard. In certain cases on such systems, the keylogger may attempt to switch to Flash
Drive mode, disabling the PS/2 keyboard. A simple solution to this problem is to disable USB
mode through the configurations options in the text menu.
I’ve checked everything, nothing helps!
If you are still experiencing problems, please do the following:
1. Check if the problem appears on a different keyboard.
2. Check if the problem appears on a different computer.
3. Contact the dealer you have purchased the device from. Please supply all necessary
information (keyboard model and manufacturer, OS type and version, and a short
description of the problem).
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List of special keys
[Esc]
[F1]
[F2]
[F3]
[F4]
[F5]
[F6]
[F7]
[F8]
[F9]
[F10]
[F11]
[F12]
[Ctl]
[Alt]
[Ins]
[Hom]
[PUp]
[PDn]
[Del]
[Win]
[Aps]
[Cap]
[Ent]
[Bck]
[Tab]
-
Escape
F1
F2
F3
F4
F5
F6
F7
F8
F9
F10
F11
F12
Control
Alt
Insert
Home
Page Up
Page Down
Delete
Win
Apps
Caps Lock
Enter
Backspace
Tab
[Prn]
[End]
[Scr]
[Up]
[Dwn]
[Lft]
[Rgh]
[Num]
[-N]
[+N]
[.N]
[/N]
[*N]
[0N]
[1N]
[2N]
[3N]
[4N]
[5N]
[6N]
[7N]
[8N]
[9N]
[Pwr]
[Slp]
[Wke]
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Print Screen
End
Scroll Lock
Up
Down
Left
Right
Num Lock
- (num)
+ (num)
. / Delete (num)
/ (num)
* (num)
0 / Insert (num)
1 / End (num)
2 / Down (num)
3 / Page Down (num)
4 / Left(num)
5 (num)
6 / Right (num)
7 / Home (num)
8 / Up (num)
9 / Page Up (num)
Power
Sleep
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Legal disclaimer
KeyGrabber does not take responsibility for any damage, harm or legal actions caused by
misuse of its products. The user should follow the guidelines contained in this document,
otherwise no liability will be assumed. It is the user's responsibility to obey all effective laws in
his/her country, which may prohibit usage of KeyGrabber products. Please also consider, that
not knowing the law does not allow to not obeying it. A good example is the U.S. Department
of Justice Letter on Keystroke Monitoring and Login Banners, according to which a clear
notice should be displayed, warning that user keystrokes may be logged. Please check with
your legal representative for logging requirements in your country.
For more information on KeyGrabber products,
visit our website:
http://www.keelog.com/
You should not use this device to intercept
data you are not authorized to possess,
especially passwords, banking data,
confidential correspondence etc. Most
countries recognize this as a crime. Please
consult a legal representative for logging
requirements in your country.
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U.S. Office
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Poland
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1550 Louis Ave.
Elk Grove Village, IL. 60007
U.S.A
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