Spyware: Does Your Computer Have It?

Security cyberstalking eyeDo you know if your computer is infected with spyware? Would you know if it was? Spyware is defined as: software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an Internet user’s browsing habits, intercepts the user’s personal data, etc., and transmitting this information to a third-party.

Spyware has been around for some time now. And while its purpose started as a way to gain marketing information on Internet users browsing habits, it’s now additionally used to deposit unwanted toolbars, deliver advertisements, and many are used in conjunction with malware attacks.

The symptoms of spyware are:

  • Frequent pop-up advertisements
  • Computer’s settings have changed and can’t be corrected
  • Additional unwanted components in your web browser, not requested by you
  • Computer seems sluggish, accomplishing tasks slower than normal

If you think your computer is infected, find out how to get rid of spyware and how you can prevent spyware from getting on your computer.

Reference: Microsoft article

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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4 Comments

Filed under How-To Corner, Internet Security, Warning

4 responses to “Spyware: Does Your Computer Have It?

  1. Spyware is a must! Safety measure

  2. I think that all users should install,superantispyware free.,

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