Spyware or Malware is a new term used to describe malicious software that has no other purpose other than to destroy or disrupt a computer. Spyware and adware are considered to be Mal ware. There is only one reason for Spyware to be put on your computer, and that's to make money and no,not money for you. When you download those funny and comical files that your friends mail to you, free videos or music files,free wallpaper,etc. Spyware usually comes attached.
The Spyware industry is a billion-dollar industry. There are people getting very rich selling the information they track about you and hundreds of thousands just like you.
Adware is a software program that also is attached with free downloads of many kinds. What adware does is cause pop ups on your computer, even when you are done with the initial site you visited. That means that anytime you are on your computer, surfing, checking email or even working, annoying pop ups will appear.
There are ways for you to protect your computer. The first is for you to perform an on-demand scan of your computer on a regular basis with anti-spyware software. It is suggested that you re-boot your computer after the initial scan and then re-scan to make sure that there are no "ticklers" left behind on your computer. These ticklers are designed to re-install spyware. Don't forget to run your regular anti-virus software on a regular basis.
Next, stay away from free downloads. Don't open up unsolicited email from anyone. Delete it from server without opening it.
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