Spyware what it is and 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”.




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Description: Spyware is a type of malware that can be installed on computers, and which collects small pieces of information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user, and can be difficult to detect. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user's personal computer. Sometimes, however, spywares such as keyloggers are installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer on purpose in order to secretly monitor other users.