What is spyware?
Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's internet connection without his or her knowledge or consent, usually for advertisement purposes. spyware is typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the internet and transmits that information to an outside party via a host server. spyware can also gather e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers. It can invade your privacy, bombard you with pop-up windows, slow down your computer, and even crash your computer.
Spyware that is often associated with software that displays advertisements is also known as adware.
Sign of spyware infection
If your computer starts to behave strangely or displays any of the symptoms listed below, you may have a spyware installed in your computer:
Most spywares are difficult to remove. If you try to uninstall the spyware like any other program, you may find the spyware program reappears as soon as you restart your computer. You may need to download an Anti-spyware tool that can properly remove it. Several companies offer free and low-cost software that will check your computer for spywares and remove them.
Some internet Service Providers (ISPs) include Anti-spyware software in their service packages. Check with your ISP to see if they can recommend or provide a tool. There are hundreds of Anti-spyware software available on the internet and the following sites will get you started:
The following are several ways you can help protect your computer against spyware: