How many spyware items are infecting your computer?

Posted on by Ryan Collar

What is Spyware?

The term ‘spyware’ is broadly defined as any program that gets into your computer without permission and hides in the background while it makes unwanted changes to your user experience.

Spyware is generally not designed to damage your computer. The damage it does is more a by-product of its main mission, which is to serve you targeted advertisements or make your browser display certain sites or search results.

At present, most spyware only targets the Windows operating system.

Spyware can be harmless, for example tracking cookies don’t do much. Whilst such things infringe on your privacy, they don’t really harm anything. Others, however, are extremely dangerous.

So what do you do about it?

No spyware program seems to do everything, but there are a lot of good solutions out there that can help. Here is a list of some of the top free spyware tools to look at:

1) Spyware Doctor by PC Tools

2) Malwarebytes

3) SUPERAntiSpyware

4) Ad-Aware by Lavasoft

5) Spybot – Search & Destroy by Safer-Networking Ltd.

One thing is for certain: you do need to take spyware seriously. For some reason, too many people out there think that an anti-virus program is the end-all solution. It is not.

And, when all else fails?

Finally, as drastic as it seems, if your computer has been infected with a large number of spyware programs, the only solution you may have is backing up your data, and performing a complete reinstall of the operating system.

 

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