Free Spyware and Adware Prevention

By: Matthew Wright

To understand how one goes about preventing spyware and adware for free from entering your system and also spyware and adware removal, one must understand where spyware and adware comes from. There are two main entry points for spyware and adware.

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To summarize here though, the first point of entry for spyware and adware is free programs that people download from the internet from questionable sources. These programs almost always have spyware and adware, or worse, even trojans bundled with them. To avoid downloading spyware and adware, before you download anything from the web you must ask yourself a few simple questions. Do you trust this website? Do you really need this program? What's in it for them to offer this free software? For example, suppose you want to download Mozilla. Do you trust www.mozilla.org? Yes. Do you need this program? Yes. What's in it for them? Fame, glory, opposing the evil Microsoft monopoly. Could it contain spyware and adware? Unlikely. Now suppose you want to download a free screensaver program at some shady website. Do you trust the website? Questionable. Do you need this program? Not really if you think about it. What is in it for them? Theres no fame or glory, it's not an open source project. Could it contain spyware and adware? Hmmm.. In most cases it comes down to money and by bundling spyware and adware in with their programs they can generate revenue to pay for the screensavers.

Other common programs that bundle spyware and adware include file sharing programs, browser toolbars, etc. All potentially can contain spyware and adware.

The second point of entry is through your browser. A lot sites out there try to get you to say yes to spyware and adware. When you go to a site and it asks you to install a program you've never heard of before in order to view the website, that is a major red flag for spyware and adware. Yes, it's true that there are legitimate browser extensions that you should install when it asks you like Macromedia Flash, for example. But if you don't think you need it, just click no. Some sites are a bit trickier though. They will keep on asking you over and over again until you say yes, and it's difficult to avoid. Here is another top tip to get you out of that mess....
Click no and quickly press the Alt-F4 key combination to close your browser before it asks you again.

Search for on google or another reputable srearch engine and you should get good spyware and adware links. (tip)

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