With the massive growth of the Internet in recent years, it’s no wonder that more and more people are taking advantage of this awesome opportunity. The more your surf on line, the more you can’t help but notice the amazing amount of cool stuff you can find in the form of entertainment, useful information, and even employment opportunities. However, everything is not as happy as it seems. There is a downside to all this Internet goodness. What I’m talking about here is spyware and adware.
What precisely is spyware and adware? First of all, these two categories of programs are distinct from something usually referred to as “malware,” which is short for malicious software. Malicious software is intended to do only one thing: Devastate as much of your computer’s information as possible. And often times it does this, and then makes copies of itself and sends itself to all your email friends.
Spyware and adware, on the other hand, aren’t so immoral. Yes, they can freeze your computer and make you want to throw it out the window, but they aren’t intended with such immoral purposes. They only sneak around to find information. Many times personal information that you’d rather not get out in the open.
Many times spyware serves a valuable purpose. Parents, companies, bosses, they need to know that the computers that under their influence are being put to good use. No parent wants their child surfing to adult web sites, and no boss wants is or her workers goofing off while they should be functioning. These are some common uses of knowingly installed spyware by people that actually have a vested interest in the user of the target computer. But what about the other kind?
The other kind is installed without your knowledge, and without your permission. Often times they come along with something that you may have thought was “free,” like a valuable desktop icon, or some file allocation software. But more often than not, these “free” software programs often come with spyware and adware pre installed.
How do you get rid of it once you have it? The best way is to acquire and run an anti spyware software program. These are either free, or paid. The free ones are great, but sometimes they aren’t up to date enough to take care of the most recent spyware programs out there. When this happens, sometimes the best thing to do is pay for a program. This way, you’ll not only always be up to date, but you’ll also have nonstop protection against upcoming invasions. The Internet is a great place, and crammed with remarkable information and distraction. You shouldn’t spend your worthy time distressing about spyware on your computer.