A spyware is a malware that monitors the activities on the computer it is illegally installed in without the knowledge of the computer user. The information is sent back to its creator. Examples of information it collects are passwords and credit card numbers.
Some spyware programs are designed to monitor the user’s surfing habits, like what websites are often visited by the user and the software used as well as other personal information that the user might consider confidential. Some spyware functions as keyloggers and records keyed in passwords.
The illegally-gotten information through spyware gives the creator a lot of benefits. One of the benefits is a wide database of supposed to be opt in list, a prized asset of internet marketers. Passwords give them access to big amounts of money from e-currency accounts.
Signs of Spyware on Your Computer
How does a computer user know that there is spyware lurking around, collecting confidential information? What are the sighs to watch out for? Here are some of the strange behaviors of a computer with spyware:
1. The home page changes on its own
2. Strange toolbars that you haven’t installed appear on the desktop.
3. More pop ups even in spite of a pop up blocker.
4. Sudden computer crash
5. Navigating difficulties.
How to Control Spyware Infection
You suspect , based on the computer’s strange behavior that there is spyware on the computer. What should be the next course of action? Well, luckily, there is free software available to check and detect if any spyware is present.
If there is indeed a spyware, there are also available tools to remove the spyware. To prevent or lessen spyware infection, here are some tips:
1. Have the necessary anti-malware tools installed. There are really effective tools available online for free which could provide protection if checking is religiously performed.
2. Be careful in downloading unverified programs or software and other freebies. Usually, there is a spyware hiding somewhere.
3. Check the programs running in your system. Check the systems tray regularly.
4. Ask for advice from the experts on the subject. There are many forums where members are generous in giving advice to those who need it.
The best way to protect the computer from spyware is to prevent its entry into the computer. It is a must that the computer user educates himself or herself to know how to use the needed tools. Protection is the best way to prevent these malwares from creating trouble.