Like it or not, if your PC is connected to the Internet, it has some form of Spyware on it. In the olden days (gosh, what was that... 2 years ago?), “Internet Cookies” were the big concern among novice users. As we came to learn, cookies do not scan your hard drive for credit card info, and are more annoying to disable while browsing than not.
Today, certain forms of Spyware have evolved into a malicious beast. Now our concern is real, and we can no longer pawn it off as just annoying. For example, there are forms of Spyware applications called “key loggers” that can see your every keystroke or “Trojan horses” that actually take control of your PC.
Where did this Spyware come from?
Not surprisingly, most Spyware applications are included with most file-sharing services such as Kazza, Morpheus and LimeWire. If you thought you were getting away with something by downloading FREE stuff, you’re sorely mistaken. The price is your privacy.
How do I get rid of Spyware?
For the average user, not very easily. Actually, some forms of Spyware cannot be uninstalled without the help of a third-party software application. SpyBot Search & Destroy by PepiMK Software (SpyBot) is an application that can help you clean your system of Spyware. The best thing about this software is the price; it’s FREE.
Although it sounds simple enough: install the software and run it… , it may be a bit tricky to setup and execute. You don’t want to render your PC useless by removing stuff that you actually want to keep, so use caution when setting up this software.
How do I avoid Spyware?
You can’t. Spyware should be given the same respect a virus has. If you want to be a part of the Internet community, then you’ll also have to put up with the thugs out there who take pleasure in making your experience a bad one.
Having said this, there are a few things you can do to minimize your vulnerability:
@ Home Computer Services can help!
At @ Home Computer Services, we have experienced certified technicians ready and willing to help you rid your system of Spyware and stop allowing the Internet to spy on you without your permission. Give us a call or email. You ’ll be safer for it.
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