Booting up the computer in the morning seems to be taking
longer and longer. The pauses between asking for a web page
and it loading increase. Suddenly, even keystrokes aren't
registering on the screen as quickly as normal. Is your PC
on the verge of a breakdown or has some version of spyware
made a nest for itself on your machine?
The average user doesn't contemplate that the numerous
websites, free offers, giveaways or games they surf in a
day will damage their computer. And, nor does this average
surfer believe they could be downloading potentially
hazardous software that is going to cause their computer to
go on the blink, eternally.
The Internet is teeming with fantastic websites,
information, tools and interactive activities. Some of
these cost real money and some don't. It's easy to take a
freebie and feel like you got the better deal, but when a
lot of freebies come packaged with spyware to infect your
machine, the free price tag isn't really worth it in the
Spyware is an umbrella term covering malware, adware,
viruses and worms. Virtually any type of software (benign
or malicious) will track, record and send your activities
(online and off) back to its source. Similarly, in the
beginning, adware was designed with the idea of preventing
end users from being besieged by unwanted advertisements.
However, those more interested in harvesting your personal
data, whether it is credit card numbers or other personal
information, have unfortunately warped the idea.
Prevention is the best remedy for all of these ills. Good
anti-virus software, effective firewalls and reputable
anti-spyware tools can save you time, money and a lot of
headaches later. Most users don't think it can happen to
them, yet the best viruses and worms are so insidious, you
don't even realize it is happening at first.
Benign programs that just want to know the type of items
for which you like to shop, can interfere with your
Internet connection, overwork your CPU and even tie up
valuable RAM. While it may not 'mean' harm, it will become
a nuisance when left unchecked.
With the numerous anti-spyware tools available on the
Internet and in your software stores, it doesn't make sense
to stick your head in the sand. Ignoring problems on your
computer doesn't make them go away. Because spyware can
come in so many forms and be potentially fatal, it doesn't
make good sense to allow it the opportunity to inflict
damage before doing something about it.
Comparison-shop the various available anti-spyware tools.
There are many sites that cover current information on the
anti-spyware upgrades and latest problems. Educate
yourself to your options so that you can invest in the type
of software that will work for you.
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About the author:
Tom Jenson has worked in software development for 20 years.
He's seen spyware develop from an occasional problem, to a
daily, hourly threat to all pc's. He made it a mission to
research these threats, and work out how best to combat
them. Now this series of article helps others protect
their computers too.
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