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Fight Spyware with Anti-Spyware

Apr 2, 2008
Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent. A recent threat to consumer privacy, spyware can reach your PC without your knowledge or explicit approval. This is always the case with ad cookies, yet another spyware subclass. More worrying are applications like that install themselves on the sly. Some may be mailed to you disguised as something useful. Of course, anyone with access to your machine can install a system monitor, stealing information like credit card and bank account numbers.According to a recent report from research firm GartnerG2, more than 20 million people have installed adware applications (adware being a type of spyware that reports back on a subject's activities to serve up targeted advertising), and this covers only a portion of the spyware on the loose. Spyware can let others see your every keystroke, open system vulnerabilities and backdoors and disable your firewall and antivirus program, leaving your system completely vulnerable.

With all these dangers in mind, spyware removal is the next logical step. As such, there are programs specifically designed to detect, remove and prevent spyware and other malware; they are called anti-spyware. As established earlier, your computer can be infected with spyware by visiting a dangerous website. You can also get some by downloading programs that have spyware code embedded in them or opening emails from unknown senders, or even through known senders through spoofed "From" headers. Just like viruses, spyware is everywhere, especially if you surf the Internet regularly.

You must be very careful when browsing the Internet. Having anti-spyware software installed in your computer can greatly reduce the risks brought about by spyware.There are so many anti-spyware products available on the market and on the Internet. Some are offered for free, and others cost money. Be careful when downloading "free" anti-spyware programs since they may also have spyware.

It is very important to have anti-spyware. Contrary to popular belief, having a firewall and antivirus software is not enough anymore. Not all antivirus programs can detect or remove spyware, and your firewall will not be of any use when you have spyware in your computer.Though some antivirus companies are now adapting to being able to protect against spyware, there is nothing wrong with getting another program that specifically targets spyware.
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