Do you know what spyware computer programs are? Check this out: The average computer is packed with hidden software that can secretly spy on online habits, and track everywhere you go. A study by internet provider EarthLink said it found an average of 28 spyware programs on each personal computer checked during the first three months of the year. This is an alarming rate of spyware computer programs.
Currently, there are over 38,000 spyware and adware programs that are infecting internet surfers such as yourself through downloadable games, music, screensavers, pictures, pop-ups, emails, and the list goes on and on. Spyware and Adware can cause your PC to run extremely slow and even crash, and allow hackers and advertising companies to track and follow your internet usage whenever they wish. So, exactly what is spyware?
Spyware is a generic term for any programs that collects information from your computer without your knowledge or consent. Spyware is a malicious software program that tracks and sends a unique code to identify you (for tracking purposes) without your knowledge. The program collects and sends information about your computer use, or other habits without you even knowing. Can you get rid of it?
Yes, you can get rid of it. But, it takes much more than just trying to uninstall the program. These types of programs get themselves into so many locations; it is hard to find all of them without additional software. Ok, so what exactly does spyware track?
Certain spyware programs will collect passwords, credit card details and other personal information and then send it to the wrong hands. Your computer could get unwanted viruses, worms or even Trojan horse viruses. These are viruses that act like a normal program, and then unleash havoc on your computer. It could even lead to you receiving unwanted emails.
Spyware computer programs usually happen when you visit a web site, and are prompted to download something that is said to be “necessary" to view or use features of that web site. Also, you might want or download a program that has some nice features, but also installs program code that can send information out without you even knowing it.
If you are concerned about spyware, and the potential havoc it may cause, then scan your computer and get rid of it. Another spyware messes up is your registry files, so a quick scan of those as well will fix these errors. The best line of defense against spyware computer programs is registry repair programs and anti-spyware programs.
Michael Baker is a Computer Optimization Technician, and recommends getting a Free Computer Scan to fix any problems such as computers freezing, locking up, restarting for no reason, and getting the blue death screen.