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Published on 01.11.06 by Brent Trahan

Choosing The Best Antispyware Software

This guides will give a good idea of what spyware is, how to get rid of it, and stay away from spyware once your computer is clean. Before you can learn how to get rid of spyware you need to know what it is. Spyware according to wikipedia is defined below. Spyware is a broad […]

This guides will give a good idea of what spyware is, how to get rid of it, and stay away from spyware once your computer is clean.

Before you can learn how to get rid of spyware you need to know what it is. Spyware according to wikipedia is defined below.

Spyware is a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer’s operation without the informed consent of that machine’s owner or legitimate user. While the term taken literally suggests software that surreptitiously monitors the user, it has come to refer more broadly to software that subverts the computer’s operation for the benefit of a third party.

Spyware differs from viruses and worms in that it does not usually self-replicate. Like many recent viruses, however, spyware – by design – exploits infected computers for commercial gain. Typical tactics furthering this goal include delivery of unsolicited pop-up advertisements; theft of personal information (including financial information such as credit card numbers); monitoring of Web-browsing activity for marketing purposes; or routing of HTTP requests to advertising sites.

According to Microsoft spyware is defined below.

Spyware and other unwanted software refers to software that performs certain tasks on your computer, typically without your consent. This may include giving you advertising or collecting personal information about you.

You can tell if your computer is infected with spyware because you’ll start seeing lots of pop-ups even when you’re not online. Your computer will start to slow down. Your home page is set to another site. Spyware also causes lots of errors in Windows. Most spyware is not very well written programs that cause your computer to crash often.

Having spyware can also lead to viruses as well. Some spyware will open a “back door” to your computer that will invite viruses in.

There are a few good anti-spyware software packages out there. Microsoft recomends these. Be very careful when selecting anti-spyware software. Most anti-spyware software is spyware in disguise. I recommend Microsoft Antispyware. Microsoft Antispyware not only removes spyware but it takes it a step further by fixing lots of problems the spyware might have caused. The best part of all is Microsoft Antispyware is free and will stay free according to Microsoft at the time this guide was written.

Once you choose your anti-spyware software make sure you keep it running at all times and keep its spyware definitions up-to-date. The best anti-spyware is no good if it’s not kept up-to-date on its spyware definitions.

It’s hard for me to tell you how to stay away from spyware. I don’t get spyware. I don’t know it it’s because I never go to porn or any other “bad” sites or because I stay on top of my antivirus and antispyware software. It might be because I don’t believe anything I see or because I stay away from all the “free” stuff people claim to give out from the goodness of their hearts.

The best advice I can give you is be cautious on the internet. There is little to no policing done on the internet. People can say and do almost anything they want. If you see big flashy ads for a free iPod DON’T click it. NOTHING IS FREE! Use common sense when surfing the net. Stay away from porn and other sites that are not morally right.

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