Sunday, 17 June 2007

Prevent and Get Rid of Spyware Now

The best way to get rid of spyware is not to get it in the first
place. To avoid getting spyware on your computer, beware of
certain kinds of sites. Peer to peer (P2P) is almost a guarantee
for getting spyware. You think you're downloading your favorite
band's new song, but you don't know what is attached to that.
Porn sites are loaded with spyware and adware; beware of what
you're viewing and what you're getting because of it.

Certain browsers are more susceptible to spyware than others.
Because internet explorer (IE) is the most used internet
browser, it is the most targeted for spyware. Vulnerabilities
and unpatched security holes can allow spyware to infiltrate
your system without your knowledge. Use Firefox instead as it is
more secure and has plug-ins designed to eliminate spyware
sneaking in.

Email is another way to leave your system open to spyware.
Double check who the sender is and never click on open
attachments. If it looks like spam, don't bother opening it. If
you open some spyware it might send it to your whole address
book so make sure to check your emails before opening them.

Beware of the free software you're downloading. A comment trick
spyware distributors use is linking it with free software. Never
download anything unless you need it and know the source is good
and well trusted. A lot of spyware programs are offered using
annoying pop-ups that end up in your face. Take the time to
download a pop-up blocker and rid yourself of both the annoyance
and the possible danger.

Once you have spyware, your computer will be much slower.
Spyware uses hard drive space to run on so a slow computer is
often a sign that you have spyware. If you're having lots of
annoying pop-ups (more than usual), you may have a problem with
spyware. If strange new sites come up in your favorites or your
default settings are changed, that is a clear warning. If you
have any of these symptoms or several of them, you should
definitely be wary of a spyware problem.

Get spyware software from a trusted site and scan your computer
every couple weeks. Some programs work by blocking the spyware
from installing on your computer. Others work by scanning your
computer every day, week, or month and erasing the spyware
already installed. Whichever method you choose, still use
precautions while surfing the net to avoid spyware altogether.

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