Spyware What it is How to remove it
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Spyware: What It Is & How to Remove It What is Spyware? Spyware is Internet jargon for Advertising Supported software (Adware). It is a way for shareware authors to make money from a product, other than by selling it to the users. Do I have Spyware on my machine? If you’ve ever gone on the internet with your computer, mostly YES, you have spyware on your machine. You can get it by installing certain software or just by surfing the internet. Why is it called "Spyware"? While this may be a great concept, the downside is that the advertising companies also install additional tracking software on your system, which is continuously "calling home", using your Internet connection and reports statistical data to the "mothership". While according to the privacy policies of the companies, there will be no sensitive or identifying data collected from your system and you shall remain anonymous, it still remains the fact, that you have a "live" server sitting on your PC that is sending information about you and your surfing habits to a remote location..... Are all Adware products "Spyware"? No, but the majority are. There are also products that do display advertising but do not install any tracking mechanism on your system. These products are not indexed in our database. Adware isn't necessarily spyware. Registered shareware without ads may be spyware. Purchased out-of-the-box software may contain adware and may also be spyware. Updates may change a previously ad-free version into an adware product. All this makes for a confusing mess and users need to be on guard when installing any type of software. Is Spyware illegal? Even though the name may indicate so, Spyware is not an illegal type of software in any way. However there are certain issues that a privacy oriented user may object to and therefore prefer not to use the product. This usually involves the tracking and sending of data and statistics via a server installed on the user's PC and the use of your Internet connection in the background. The Bottom Line: Avoid adware. If you're broke and can't buy a clean shareware product, find an ad-free, non-spying equivalent of the program you need. Avoid spyware at all costs. Install a firewall and pay attention to what is asking for permission to connect online. Where to get FREE Software to remove Spyware: Ad-Aware Make sure you update the software after you’ve install it. These updates need to be done once a week!! Go to (http://www.spychecker.com) & click on “Top 25 Downloads”. Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta) This software will run & update all by itself. Make sure you set the updates to run during a time of day when the machine is going to be turned on, or else it won’t be able to run and check for problems. There will be a link off the main page to download the software. (http://www.microsoft.com) Spybot: Search & Destroy Make sure you update the software after you’ve install it. These updates need to be done once a week!! Go to (http://www.spychecker.com) & click on “Top 25 Downloads”. Home > Instructions for Faculty/Staff > Pocket PC 2003 (Odyssey Client) > Last Updated: January 13, 2006 By Health Sciences Center Library.