Spyware Removal

What is Spyware?

Spyware Removal is very important with so many types of malicious software being spread around the Internet, it is important to be aware of what spyware is and what spyware on a Mac or Windows machine does.

Spyware is a general term used to describe software that performs certain behaviours, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent first, such as:

  • Advertising
  • Collecting personal information
  • Changing the configuration of your computer

Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information.

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Trading Tracking for Services

That does not mean all software that provides ads or tracks your online activities is bad. For example, you might sign up for a free music service, but you "pay" for this service by then agreeing to receive targeted ads.

If you understand the terms and agree to them, you may have decided that it is a fair trade-off. You might also agree to let the company track your online activities to determine which specific ads to show you.

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What does spyware do?

Knowing what spyware does can be a very difficult process because most spyware is designed to be difficult to remove. So Spyware Removal can take some time to get its hooks out from all your system files successfully.

Other kinds of spyware make changes to your computer that can be annoying and can cause your computer slow down or crash. They also make it very difficult for you to change your settings back to the way you had them.

These programs can change your web browser's home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you don't need or want.

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How to Prevent Spyware

The key in many of these cases is whether or not you (or someone who uses your computer) understands what the software will do and you have agreed to install the software on your computer.

A common trick is to covertly install the software during the installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program.

Whenever you install something on your computer, make sure you carefully read all disclosures, including the license agreement and privacy statement. Sometimes the inclusion of unwanted software in a given software installation is documented, but it might appear at the end of a license agreement or privacy statement.

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There are a number of ways spyware or other unwanted software can get on your Mac or Windows computer. To learn more about spyware, read below on How to help prevent spyware.

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Surf and Download more safely

The best defence against spyware and other unwanted software is not to download it in the first place. Here are a few tips from Microsoft that can help you avoid downloading software that you don't want:

  • Download programs only from websites you trust. If you're not sure whether to trust a program you are considering downloading, enter the name of the program into your favourite search engine to see if anyone else has reported that it contains spyware. Files that end in the extensions .exe or .scr commonly hide malware.

  • Read all security warnings, license agreements, and privacy statements associated with any software you download. Before you install something, consider the risks and benefits of installing it, and be aware of the fine print. For example, make sure that the license agreement does not conceal a warning that you are about to install software with unwanted behaviour.
  • Never click "Agree" or "OK" to close a window. Instead, click the red "x" in the corner of the window or press Alt + F4 on your keyboard to close a window.
  • Be wary of popular "free" music and movie file-sharing programs, and be sure you understand all of the software that is packaged with those programs.
  • Get the Kids to use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.
  • Don't click links on suspicious websites or in email messages. Instead, type the website address directly into your browser, or use bookmarks.
  • Don't automatically trust that instant message, email messages, or messages on social networking websites are from the person they appear to be from. Even if they are from someone you know, contact the person before you click the link to ensure that they intended to send it.

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Realising how it happened, is just as important as removing the infection, then you will be able to stop them coming back again.

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