Removing Spyware From Your
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What is Spyware ?
major groups of Spyware is Adware and Malware
less common spyware programs is called Malware. Malware is a program
that designed to cause problems with computer. Malware include
viruses, Trojan horse programs, and certain forms of hijacking
spyware. These types of spyware are written to get personal information
such as email passwords, internet banking passwords, credit card
numbers, and social security numbers for fraud. Many of spyware
can change default program settings to allow an attacker access
to the computer, or monitor a user's keystrokes to get information.
The information is then sent off to the attacker via email without
user knowledge or intervention.
hard to tell the share of computers that have been infected with
spyware, estimates run as high as 95% computers could be infected.
Children online can be especially vulnerable because they may
have less technical savvy and frequently download using peer to
peer software from the Internet.
problems present themselves when a user has spyware on their system.
Spyware creates targeted advertisements can be a problem. The
ads will be created from information such as websites and advertisements
visited previously. If children are using the same computer, this
can be a problem. If the adult user visits a pornographic site,
the minor could receive targeted advertisements which contain
pornographic material. Sometimes the targeting of ads can be for
pornographic advertisements without anyone having visited adult
Spyware can be a huge annoyance to computer users. Created Pop
Up ads often appear when web pages are opened or closed. This
can cause hours of wasted effort because many of the Pop Ups create
more popup ads as they are closed, in an ever expanding cycle.
Memory and CPU Resource:
Some spyware allows the unauthorized use of computer memory and
cpu resources. This includes running programs while a PC is not
busy. However, increased use of a computer memory, processor and
harddisk increases the wear and tear on the components, and reduces
its functional lifetime. In some cases resources are used for
malicious purposes, such as mailing spam or viruses to everyone
in your addressbook.
control of your PC:
Spyware can change browser's homepage and other settings without
the user's knowledge or permission. These changes can include
turning off firewall and security protection so the spyware can
communicate with external resources, making them potentially dangerous.