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The Serious Problems Spyware Can Cause

Mar 21, 2008
One of the most hard to detect programs that can download right into your computer system and track whatever that computer does online is spyware. Spyware is easy to get because it can come to you just from visiting a web site that is not good or by using freeware that you get from the internet.

One way spyware launches itself in your PC when you don't even know it is by "piggybacking" on a good program so the spyware starts secretly when you run something you like on your computer. Make no mistake that spyware and virus software is a threat and we should all be careful to run software that protects our computers against this clever threat and protects us from web sites that download spyware to our systems.

It's important to know how to spot if you have a computer that has spyware on it. You have to be as clever as the spyware is because this dangerous software can transmit your internet activity and personal financial data out of your computer without ever knowing that it is happening. So be a smart internet citizen and know the signs of spyware so you can spot and remove it.

One sign of spyware activity is that your computer is running badly. A sudden sluggish response and poor performance is a good sign your PC has been infected. Your computer isn't really sick but it is running slower because the spyware is running fast collecting data about you and sending it to its "mother ship" or by even downloading and installing even more nasty programs on your machine.

There if you even suspect that your computers speeds are slower than they used to be, its time to get some anti-spyware and virus protection software running on your PC to confirm if you have been infiltrated with these nasty programs.

Another very irritating little "trick" spyware often pulls is to "hijack" your browser to take you to web sites that the owners want you to see with the hopes you will buy their stuff at these sites. That merchandise is often a scam or something nasty or illegal so having that happen is pretty upsetting.

The point of any Spyware is to make dollars. Any third party that has ad agreements with Spyware program providers should not be relied upon. If you realize that your computer is acting different, then you should immediately perform a scan before any of your data is compromised.

The realization that most Spyware can track all your online actions is probably the most scary of all effects these programs have on their victims. If they can track what you visit online, they can also get private data about you for example your email accounts, account data, and possibly your social security ID if you enter it into an unprotected browser. This by itself should be plenty to make you take note of Spyware. Identity theft is a growing problem to an extent due to the weaknesses of Internet surfing.

The World Wide Web is not a safe place-you have to be careful. Some Spyware is just about impossible to remove from your computer without going through a extensive process involving your CPU registry. So look for strange activity on your computer and download anti-virus protection to try and prevent getting infected in the first place!
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