Spyware Origin, What it Does and How to Avoid it

By: Christian Okoye

These unobtrusive, malicious programs once install in your computer. it can wreak havoc on the system's performance

There are many ways spyware can affect your computer. Typically and most common three ways are

1. when the user install it in there computer, the spyware program goes to work collecting user's data for spyware author without the user's knowledge

2. spyware can access your computer by tricking you into manipulating the security features designed to prevent any unwanted installations. For example: pop-up modeled after standard windows dialog box, may appear with yes or no option asking you if you would like to optimize your computer. But, no matter what option you click the installation takes place.

Spyware applications infect a system by attacking security holes in the Web browser or other software. When the user navigates a webpage controlled by a spyware author, the page contains code designed to attack the browser, and force the installation of the spyware program.

Then, what does spyware do?

Spyware does many unpleasant things among which are:

1)Scan credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information.

2)Change the default settings on your home page web browser.

3) Generate another spyware , thus making it difficult to eliminate

4)Monitor your keystrokes for reporting purposes.

5) Scan files located on your hard drive.

6)Snoop through applications on our desktop.

7)Install other spyware programs into your computer.

8)Read your cookies

How to avoid spyware

There are many thing you can do to protect and avoid spyware invading your computer.


1. First, invest in a reliable commercial anti-spyware program

2. Be sure to update the security patches regularly, and only download programs from reputable sources. This will help reduce your chances of a spyware infiltration.


3. The user of a downloadable program should pay extra attention to the accompanying licensing agreement. Often the software publisher will warn the user that a spyware program will be installed along with the requested program.
Unfortunately, we do not always take time or carefully read the license

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