Spyware and Unwanted Software
Spyware and unwanted software are programs installed on a user’s computer without their knowledge to secretly gather information about the user. Once your computer is infected with spyware, third parties can monitor your web surfing habits and steal your personal information. As a result, spyware is a serious threat to your computer’s security.
How Do You Get Spyware & Unwanted Software?
Spyware is often bundled as a hidden component of files and applications you download from the Internet, but even if you aren’t a frequent downloader your computer can become infected with spyware by simply visiting a website. Users can be tricked into downloading unwanted software by clicking a button such as “I Agree” or “Cancel” within a pop-up window.
Symptoms of Spyware Infection
Tips to Prevent Spyware
How to Remove Spyware
If you are concerned about Spyware and unwanted software, or suspect your computer may be infected, download an anti-spyware tool from a reputable online source to help you remove it.
As with all clean-up tools of this nature, anti-spyware removes targeted software but does not block your computer from future infection. Just as you would with anti-virus software, you will need to access updated copies of the anti-spyware tool and run it on an ongoing basis.