Most common individuals like me have no idea of the dangers that spyware brings? Well, allow me to warn you. They are on nearly all computers that use the Internet, especially if you enjoy the free resources of the Internet.
Spyware does not concern itself with etiquette of asking for your permission. It simply just invades with much evil intent with no respect for your privacy, and the Internet is its pathway to your computer.
A favorite trick is to install spyware when you are installing another program. Generally spyware comes from free programs offered on the Internet. These free programs are called freeware, or shareware. Technically, the spyware company has your permission, although the legal issues are not clear.
When a freeware or shareware program is installed, you are asked to agree to the terms of service or licensing agreement, which will contain information about the spyware being installed. Most people don't real the legal agreement and just select I Agree and install the program.
Usually spyware either displays advertising or it tracks what you are doing. Ever notice pop up windows suddenly appears on your computer? This is from spyware trying to get you to buy something. Other spyware tracks everything you are doing online and transmits the information to an advertising company.
The there are the black-hat spyware programs that have no remorse for their malicious behavior. They gather email addresses, passwords and even steal credit card information off your computer. The producers of such black magic use your personal information for their own use or sell it to evil doers like themselves.
Help; Tell Me If I Have Spyware.
Here are the warning signs of spyware:
1) Constant random pop ups
2) New toolbars or icons appear on your browser and desktop
3) Web browsing seems slower and your PC appears to have inherited a turtle gene
4) Your browser seems to enjoy visiting commercial sites without your permission
5) Settings have changed on your PC even when your kids are not home
6) Advertisement windows are everywhere
If you have any of these issues, seek help quickly.
Ok what can I do?
1) Download a well respected firewall program for your computer. If your computer is not on the endangered list, then you already a firewall built-in. Double-check to determine if the firewall is enabled. The popular antivirus programs have built-in firewalls too.
2) Never click on popup advertisements. If you click, they will know that you are a real person, and you will just get more.
3) Be careful what you install. Dont install software unless you know exactly what it is, and where it came from. If the company that makes it isnt a reputable one, don't install it or get expert advice.
4) It is like the wisdom of King Solomon to allow the Windows automatic update feature to remain on at all times.
5) Use anti-spyware software. Most virus checking programs also check for spyware. Numerous other programs are available.
Watch out for antispyware scams. These programs perpetrate themselves as legitimate software, but they are simply spyware programs. Needless to say, research to proactively guard yourself from scams such as this.
Good antispyware provide you with a scheduling feature that enables you to automate the spyware scanning of your computer.
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