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Is Spyware a Virus? An Overview

Aug 17, 2007
How does a virus affect the computer system? The virus causes problem in different ways for the computer to function and can also damage the hard drive if it is that powerful. The virus can get into the computer during installing some software, through the floppies and in the downloading process. Spyware is also a threat to your computer system and precisely much more dangerous than the virus.

Spyware has hidden intention

Normal virus attack on the computer is limited to the disturbance to the computer. But spyware is a step ahead from those. Spyware actually behaves as a spy and thus in engaged in a secret mission that is highly heinous. The spyware can occupy the system's registry and keep a record of your personal documents including your passwords. Spyware is efficient enough to pick those up and make them readily available to the host who has created the spyware for his own vested interest. A general virus attacking on the computer system is bereft of all these potentials.

Spyware sources are always available

The key route of the spyware entry is the web route. In the process of free downloads especially of various kinds of pop up ads, you sooner or later will download spyware. Recent web reports show the statistics of spyware infection in computers growing steeper up to 85%. Can you believe it - a threat that arose just a couple of years ago can be rise to such an extent?

Apart from the downloading process the spyware can also make its route through the LAN (Local Area Network). Literally the spyware is not a worm that will slowly crawl inside the area and affect your health. But in activity it is somewhat similar. The spyware crawls from one computer system to another and there has to be some sort of connectivity between the two. The obvious mode is networking, which can be the World Wide Web or your very own LAN system.

The spyware can also enter in the form of any software that is being installed locally and not from the website. The programming CD itself might contain the spyware and slip into your system when it gets the opportunity. So your computer is always open to face the threat of the spyware. What you can to provide the best security option is to install a spyware removal software from a branded software making company and maintain due safety in handling your networking system with ease.
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