Antispyware - the Only Real Killer of Spyware

By: Isaiah G. Henry

Anyone who has a computer knows that anti-spyware software is a part of general computer maintenance and is one of the surest ways to protect your computer. Anti-spyware software is designed to detect all spyware, remove it and continue protecting your computer. Spyware gets on to your computer in several different ways. Your computer can be infected through downloads, installing new software, surfing the web, and opening emails. Once any type of spyware gets on to your computer, it immediately starts sending out information back to the website it came from. This information is most often for purposes of advertising and finding out where consumers surf, shop or what websites they use to download items. This type of spyware is usually a cookie which is basically an information packet silently installed on your computer. Many other types of spyware use information it receives from your computer for illegal purposes.

Antispyware monitors your computer every second to possible remove any spyware that may have sneaked through the cracks. But normally the spyware removal catches the spyware before it hits your PC and acts according to the software settings, which are specified by the end user. Normally the settings are for the antispyware application to notify you of the intruder. Then you decide rather to fix, quarantine, or delete the file. Good spyware removal software must regularly update its package, because spyware is rapidly mutating into a more intelligent program each hour.

Most anti-spyware software is combined with anti-virus software giving complete protection for your computer. However, you can also download or buy just anti-spyware software by itself. One of the best anti-spyware/anti-virus software is Norton software. Symantec makes Norton. Norton offers trialware of every product they have. Trialware is a trial version that can be used for a 30-day period to evaluate if this is the product for you. Once installed, Norton scans your entire computer for spyware and viruses then alerts you to anything it has found. Norton also has a feature called Live Update, that, when connected to the internet, Norton receives updates from the Symantec website to keep both the anti-spyware software and the anti-virus software up to date.

McAfee is another big name that is primary function is virus protection, but it now includes spyware protection. If you are looking to save money and do not download free programs off the Internet, then McAfee may be a decent choice. Overall McAfee is a very good program to use, and they provide 30-day trial.

Another good antispyware program is WebRoots SpySweeper. I have them high up on the list as for as removing spyware. This software offers you a free spyware scan. SpySweeper keeps its spyware definition file update much better than McAfee or Norton. It also ensures that your computer is constantly scanned for spyware and other malicious programs.

There are many other anti-spyware softwares available, such as PCTools, Defender by Microsoft, and several others. Look for anti-spyware software on any website that offers free downloads, but be careful as most often you can download spyware or a virus while downloading the product to get rid of them.

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