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Protect Your Home Computer From Spyware

Jun 4, 2008
You need to think twice before you click on pop-ups and screensavers that appear on various web pages. It is easy to download the information but what you may not be aware of is that you have just added spyware to your home computer system. Adware is the term used for various types of programs that are added to your computer without your knowledge or your authorization.

This is used to gather information about you including the sites you access online and your personal information. All of this is going on without you even knowing it so it can put you at risk for identity theft. The amount of information that spyware programs are able to gather is unbelievable. Some versions are able to capture passwords so if you access your checking account or credit card account online you may be compromising those accounts without even realizing it.

Even if you don't access those accounts but the information is on your computer, the information can be compromised. This is because spyware is able to read cookies and to scan the files you keep on your hard drive. Some of the more advanced spyware programs can even launch more spyware to your computer without you having to activate anything.

Those that engage in such acts often change where they hide spyware so consumers won't be so suspicious. If you engage in peer to peer file sharing you may find you have just obtained a powerful form of spyware. The goal of such spyware is to allow the sender to gain from your information. While this is illegal, it is almost impossible to track down the source of the spyware or who is responsible for sending it.

If you start to notice your disk space on your computer shrinking rapidly or your internet connection is continually interrupted, you may want to do a thorough investigation as these are early signs of spyware being on your home computer. It is difficult to remove spyware from your computer. You will be surprised how well spyware can hide in a computer system so you can spend countless hours searching for it and never come up with anything.

It is a good idea to have a spyware blocker on your computer as an added source of protection. Some of these programs are offered for free and others you have to pay for. If you already have spyware on your computer, installing these types of programs can help identify and remove them. You do have to be very picky about the type of software program you choose to block spyware though.

Take the time to research the reviews on the particular program. This is due to the fact that some creative people have found offering free spyware is actually the best way to get the spyware onto personal computers. That's right; they falsely present spyware in the form of something that should be able to remove it.

You need to be very cautious about protecting your home computer from becoming infected with spyware. It can be very dangerous for you, especially if you are among those that make purchases online or manage your accounts. Make sure you have an excellent anti spyware program in place at all times.
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