With the increasing scope and technological advances of the Internet, there is more and more things that we can get right at our fingertips. Movies, videos, even TV shows can be viewed over the Internet. Even international face to face video chats, which would have been unheard of only a few years ago, are common place today. But as the amount of technology increases, so does the dangers. And one of the most annoying things that you can inadvertently pick up today is spyware, adware and other malicious software.
Spyware and adware are normally considered to be the same thing, but occasionally they aren’t. Spyware is any software that has been installed on your computer that monitors how you utilize certain programs. Since spyware is typically installed by those hoping to use your personal advantage to get gain an advertising edge, it is typically thought of as the same thing as adware. But spyware can also be efficiently used by parents and bosses to keep an eye on computer action.
Where does spyware and adware come from? Many times it comes along with free software that you download. Beginning developers that are trying to establish themselves will often “piggy back” some spyware or adware programs with their software in order to gain a little profits for their efforts.
While some software programs will be up front about the spyware or adware that comes with their programs, most won’t. And while some of the software will run all right if you immobilize the spyware portion of it, others won’t run at all, rendering the software ineffectual. Many times there will be two separate versions obtainable, one free one with spyware, and one paid one without.
Different kinds will install themselves without you even knowing about it. A few webs sites are designed to put in these programs right after you visit their site. Many times these sites will be music download sites or adult oriented sites, but recently there have been many sites posturing as charity sites, especially with recent tragedies around the planet.
The best protection, of course, is to have a good anti spyware and adware program installed. This way you can safeguard your computer on a regular basis and eliminate any spyware, as well as preventing any future invasions. Many of these programs come free, but the irony is that many of these “free” spyware and adware removal programs have spyware themselves. Another drawback of these free programs is often times they aren’t up to date enough to fight the latest threats.
A paid for software program is usually your best bet to protect your computer against spyware and adware. These usually come with repeated updates, so you can be sure you are always protected against the most current spyware and adware developments.