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Downloading Software Can Get You Spyware!

Jun 6, 2008
Many people surf the Internet frequently, and like most of them, you have probably encountered a website that suddenly fills your monitor with pop-up advertisements. These suspicious windows will offer tons of free items, such as games and software, and all you need to do is click the link. Though doing so is sometimes harmless, most of the time, clicking the link will make your computer vulnerable to spyware.

Spyware will invade your computer and reproduce repeatedly to steal your most vital information, such as credit card information and bank account numbers. Despite being a relatively newcomer, spyware continues to grow exponentially with each passing second.

The offer of "free" stuff never fails to attract people. Now, this mentality is being exploited by malicious programmers to spread their harmful creations. Spyware can not only steal your private information, it can also cause damage to your computer.

You know if your computer is filled with spyware, when your computer frequently freezes and shuts down. Your Internet connection also gets dragged on while one pop-up window keeps appearing after the other.

If you really want to get games or software for free, you must be extremely careful with the websites you visit. Definitely avoid pop-up advertisements like the plague. Once you zoom in on a specific program or website, look for signs if it does not contain spyware, or else it might be too late once you find out that the website you checked out contained spyware.

In most cases, you need to decide if the program and website looks safe and secure. You can ask fellow gaming enthusiasts for help, or if they are familiar with said website.

Still, spyware can also invade your hard disk through emails, so be careful with that as well. Make sure you have anti-spyware programs installed on your computer if you are really curious to see what the email or attachment is all about.
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