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Feature Article

SPYWARE: What Is It, How Do I Avoid It?

Spyware programs install themselves onto your computer and display unwanted ads, change browser default home page, add programs to the system tray and, in some cases, collect personal information. Recent surveys submitted to the FTC showed that 75 percent of computer users were not aware that this software had been installed on their machine and 63 percent of users said that they had not consented to its installation. Take a few minutes to read this article. It will give you some tips on how to defend yourself against these programs.

You may be unaware that these programs are in your computer. Spyware programs usually serve endless pop-up ads that do not appear to come from your favorite Web site. Some of the pop-up ads may appear when you are not even surfing the Internet. Other spyware programs will change your browser's default home page and serve up pop-up windows that are impossible to close. One of the most common symptoms is your computer will appear sluggish. If you've noticed a sharp decrease in its performance or that it has become unstable, it may be spyware. The more harmful spyware programs will cause your computer to dial 1-900 numbers that will show up on your phone bill. The worst ones seek to collect your personal information.

Spyware can be a challenge to find and remove from your computer. There are many software tools that help you do this. First, check with your Internet service provider to see what tools they offer to deal with spyware. The major ISPs offer their customers spyware tools. You can also download software tools that will do the job.

If you have been fortunate enough to avoid spyware, or if you've just rid yourself of it, take steps to keep your computer free of spyware. Here are some basic tips to preventing spyware:

  • Be skeptical about installing strange or free software, particularly file-sharing software. Make sure you know what exactly is being installed onto your computer when you download applications off the Internet.

  • Pay attention to "Security Warning" screens. "Security Warning" screens alert users to new software being installed from Web pages they visit.

  • Read the End User Licensing Agreement. Almost all legitimate software installations will include an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) that includes a lot of information about the software. If it is hard to find or difficult to read, think twice about installing the software.

  • Practice basic computer security hygiene by installing anti-virus software, firewalls and keeping your software up-to-date with security patches.

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  • I hope you will use this information to keep your computer running smoothly. If you are already experiencing symptoms, you should have your computer system checked. We can clean your computer of all spyware and show you how to prevent future attacks. Call Today.


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