Spyware is a program that once loaded on your computer unknowingly collects information from your PC and sends it to another party. The most dangerous types of Spyware programs copies personal information that you would not share with anyone such as passwords, files and credit card numbers.
Other types of spyware programs act as a forced advertising program. The program will track your keystrokes and web surfing habits. Once the program, and company running it, knows your habits they will try to change your web page to get you to go to specific sites and purchase something or surf on their site.
The corporations who create and distribute spyware, get many benefits from their dishonest marketing practices. They can build up a huge database of so called opt-in marketing participants, sell you their own products or terrorize you with unwelcome pop-ups.
Theyíre counting on the fact that a lot of web surfers donít know that the program is on their computer. The few that do know that they have spyware programs, donít know how it got there and how to prevent themselves from getting it again.
Other time, it is clear that there are extra programs but their purpose and functions are not explicitly explained. Almost any program can be described as a user friendly application to help you enjoy your surfing experience. Make sure that you read the fine print before you download and save anything on your computer.
The best way to combat spyware is to not let it into your computer system. You should never download free software unless you trust the source of the software. You wonít find too many spyware programs coming from the larger, more reputable corporations in our society. They depend on selling real products to make money instead of trickery and stealing your personal data. You should get a copy of several commercial applications that you can use in addition to your AntiVirus software to detect and remove these intrusive software pests.
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