Spyware: what it is , how to prevent spyware and how to remove spyware
What is Spyware ?
Spyware are software programs that can be automatically installed when you browse the internet or when you install free software. They specifically track your personal information such as credit card numbers , bank details , etc without your understanding and permission .
What is Spyware ?Common symptoms/behavior
Often Spyware & Adware bundled & work together.
Spywares are malicious software programs that can be automatically installed when you browse the internet or when you install free software such as “Hotbar”.
You may agree to install Spyware by clicking on the EULA without realizing it and now it’s a completely Legal program!
Spyware specifically track your personal information such as credit card numbers , bank details , Internet surfing habit, etc without your understanding and permission
Those information is usually sold to third parties (For advertising/commercial purpose )
Spyware give you more pop-ups, banner ads, for free Software , Games ,etc.
Some spyware come as Shareware that it is primarily advertising-supported . Users may also be given the option to pay for a "registered" or "licensed" to do away with the advertisements
After installed a Spyware Hijacks your home page and open site automatically for advertising/commercial purpose
Slow performance and system errors
Also uses your internet connection/system resources to runs in the background and send above info to someone else. This could cause your internet connection to slow/network jam and PC to crash , slow down or stuck
How to prevent Spyware
Spyware can come bundled with shareware/freeware or other downloadable software So don't download and try untrustworthy softwares
Always use your Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware to Scan any Downloaded Software BEFORE Installing. Search for free version from industry standard anti-virus vendors only
Don't be cautious of free Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware, and DO NOT USE cracked or free serial key for anti-virus program that you may “find” on the Internet. There are free versions from industry trusted anti-virus vendors.
Don't try to find free software/free cracks/free serials/free online games ,etc. through the Internet. Think smart and prevent spyware when browsing the Internet.
Don't visit porn/sexual sites and don't play online lottery/online casino,etc. Because those sites often come with spyware/Adware and various malware
Use an industry standard internet security software such as from: Kaspersky Internet Security/Anti-virus , AVG Internet Security/Anti-virus, Trend-Micro, Norton/Symantec, Microsoft, McAfee, Panda, Sophos, Bullguard, Avast, Avil, ESET etc. (If you are not sure which is the best product for you to buy ask for more information from PC Doctor).
Be aware that most current Spyware/Malware arrive as e-mail attachments. Don't open unfamiliar or unsure attachments e-mail
Perform Windows Update Regularly & Make sure that your operating system is up-to-date
Use an industry Standard Firewall (Software/Hardware)