What is Spyware and How to Beat it

Spyware is all over the Internet and it's very easy to get an infection on your PC. Spyware is a small program that is secretly installed on your computer. The purpose of the Spyware is to gain information about the user(s) of the computer for malicious reasons or for profit. Spyware is installed without the user's permission and millions of computers are still infected today.

Spyware has the ability to steal user information, screenshots, web site history, keystrokes, passwords and pretty much anything else you do on your PC. Some types of spyware will change computer settings, redirect your homepage and even create unwanted pop-up advertisements. It is possible that spyware is slowing down your system too.

How to Eliminate Spyware

Sadly, spyware is difficult to detect. Without expert computer knowledge, you probably have no idea if spyware is on your PC. Some spyware is very easy to detect, but others give no symptoms at all. Detection is just one part of the problem, removal is also tricky.

The only real solution for detecting and removing spyware is with the aid of third party software. Numerous products are available on the market, ranging from free to expensive. Most products will do a pretty decent job, but generally you do need more than one anti-Spyware product to be totally secure.

We advise that you research the products available before buying any anti-spyware. Go with a reputable vendor that has been around for a few years.

Some tips for preventing spyware infection:

  • Be very careful which websites you visit. Certain sites are more prone to spyware.
  • Never install untrusted activeX or .exe files from the internet.
  • Do not open email attachments.
  • Use firewall software.
  • If you have a computer in a public area, lock it when not in use.

Once you get spyware, it is a nightmare. In this case, prevention is better than cure.