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PC Security — Spyware

Spyware has become a particularly nasty problems in terms of pc security and pc health. Not only can it be annoying, it can also be dangerous. Furthermore, some spyware is so poorly designed that it prevents programs and even entire systems from running correctly, causing the system to become unstable. But most people only think in terms of security threat when they think of spyware.

Spyware is usually installed without you being aware of it. A spyware program may be included in that free to download software that we all so often get. Sometimes, the malicious program is simply adware spyware, which tends to insert ads or cause ads to pop up when we are using our computers, but other times, it is extremely harmful. Spyware is also typically very hard to remove without the use of spyware removal software, and hard to find without spyware detection or a spyware scan.

To avoid spyware, the first thing to do is to install an anti-spyware program. There are many free anti spyware programs available, and many virus scanners come with spyware detection as well. Make sure that you have one of these installed, and that it is up to date. Next, get a good spyware removal program as well. Not all detection software always catches everything.

Programmers of such software are constantly making advances to bypass virus scanners and spyware scanners. So, even if you feel that you are well protected, you will most likely still need a spyware removal tool to remove spyware that makes it onto your hard drive regardless of your efforts. There are free spyware removal software as well, as well as spyware scanners. You might consider Spyware Blaster.

Next, be careful about the software that you are downloading. We all like a good software download, but not all downloads are safe. The program you are downloading is not necessarily the spyware. Instead, the spyware may be embedded in the software that you are downloading. Your first step to stop spyware is to read the user agreement before installing the software. Some will actually disclose the information that there is spyware (although it won't be called that) within the software. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Look for a guarantee or statement that the software is spyware free. You need a spyware blocker!

If you have a pop up advertisement appearing for no apparent reason, you probably have spyware on your computer. This is especially true if you have a popup blocker installed. Your computer may not be performing as well as it did. It may run slower or seem sluggish. Your homepage (the first page you see when you open your browser) may have changed, seemingly all by itself. These are all signs that there is spyware, or at the very least adware on your computer. Your computer rebooting on it's own is another symptom, although this could be an indication of a virus instead of spyware. Don't assume that your computer just has a mind of it's own, or that it was a fluke.

If any of these symptoms are present, run spyware detection, such as Spy Sweeper to see if there is spyware on your computer. Then, use a spyware removal tool to remove it. Removing all of the spyware on your system may take several hours of work on your part, but that is time well spent. However, with a good spyware blocker and detector, you will find that the amount of work you have to do becomes quite limited.

Remember that spyware can not only make your system run poorly, but it can also be dangerous. Some spyware logs the keys that you press, and you need an anti keylogger installed as well. When keys pressed are logged, your passwords and other information are made available. Keystroke logging is very difficult!

Again, it takes time to get rid of any spyware that is currently on your system. But when you have the right security tools in place, you are on your way to having no spyware on your computer.

  PC Security: Index
  PC Security: Internet Browsers
  PC Security: Spam
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 1
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 2
  PC Security: Spam Scams
  PC Security: Email Security and Spam
  PC Security: Email Security
  PC Security: Computer Viruses
  PC Security: Protecting Computers From Viruses
  PC Security: Worm Viruses
  PC Security: Trojan Horse Viruses
  PC Security: Rootkits
  PC Security: Removing a Virus
  PC Security: Virus Hoaxes
  PC Security: Server Viruses
  PC Security: Home Network
  PC Security: Cell Phone Viruses
  PC Security: Spyware
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 1
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 2
  PC Security: Parental Control Software
  PC Security: Malware - Spyware and Adware
  PC Security: Data Backups
  PC Security: Pop Up Windows
  PC Security: Safe Public Computer Use

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