Secure Your PC From SpyWare

What is SpyWare?

Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user’s interaction with the computer, without the user’s informed consent. It’s main target is to extracting money from you. At its worst, Spyware can take control of your computer, directing you to web pages you didn’t want to go to, downloading other nasty stuff in the background, and even harvesting email address, passwords and your credit card details. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as Internet surfing habit, sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software, redirecting Web browser activity, accessing websites blindly that will cause more harmful viruses, or diverting advertising revenue to a third party. Spyware can even change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and loss of Internet or other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is captured under the term privacy-invasive software.

Where does Spyware come from?

Spyware can come from different sources like email or harmless-looking popup window asking you to click a button to proceed. You’ll click it anyway, just to get rid of it. Clicking OK is what’s infected your PC! Other sources are freeware or shareware software, an operating system that is un-patched and hasn’t got the latest security software, downloading stuff from peer-to peer applications – the list is long!

Spyware is not considered to be a virus, so your Anti-Virus software won’t spring in to action once an infection takes place – it will stay sleeping in the background, unaware that anything malicious is going on. The best tool for the job is a dedicated Spyware Detection system. Some of the most popular Spyware scams are these products:

  1. SpyAxe
  2. SpySheriff
  3. PSGuard
  4. WorldAntiSpy
  5. Spy Trooper
  6. Razespyware
  7. SpywareNo or SpyDemolisher
  8. WinAntiVirus or WinAntiSpyware 2005
  9. SlimShield tied with “Winhound Spyware Remover”
  10. Spyware Bomber (shut down by the FTC)

Hopefully, you haven’t bought anything on the top ten list!

How get Rid of Spyware?

The best way to do that is with software from very reputable companies. The following are the most well-known (and free) anti-spyware solutions:

Ad-Aware is probably the easiest to use of the three. Once you download your chosen anti-spyware solution, you need to install it on to your PC. After you have installed it, start the software and do a full scan of your computer. For your sefty, it IS recommended that you have more than one anti-spyware solution on your PC. Because no anti-spyware can find 100 percent of threads, if anyone miss some threads others can find and destroy them.

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