Stop spyware- Protect your computer!

By: Jay Moncliff

Spyware is any software establishes itself without your consent or knowledge and then carries out a series of functions from your computer like keeping a log of the websites that you visit, login information, passwords, credit card details, etc. and then transferring this information to unauthorized parties. Spyware may also vary the settings of your web browser like adding a few non required tools or change your default web browser itself. In the worst case scenario, it may lead to a complete break down of your system. Every computer user should thus take a few cautious steps to stop spyware as it is rightly said that precaution is better than cure.

There are certain steps that can be taken to stop spyware from making malicious use of confidential data in your computer. First and foremost, you must always read any disclosure scrupulously before you click on accept and download a software. At times, the inclusion of the unwanted software is documented but is overlooked by most of us. A good number of the times spyware comes in the form of drive-by download wherein a download is initiated by merely visiting a website or viewing a HTML email message. Another technique to stop spyware is by installing anti spyware software that can detect any sly activity being carried out in your system; but you need to be extremely careful in selecting apt the anti-spyware program as many fake ones are prevalent in the market. Such fake programs many a times mislead the user into installing spyware instead of anti spyware. The real-time protection anti spyware tools are the most effective to stop spyware as they scan and monitor each inward bound data for spyware and block those that could be potential threats for your system. The other anti spyware tools stop spyware by scanning all the files and folders on your hard drive for any potential threat that is already installed on your computer and bring it to your notice for further complete removal from your system. All you need to do is set the anti-spyware program to scan your computer on regular basis like daily or even over a period of a few hours. Once the program scans your computer and lists out the unconvincing files or folders, you can they select and delete them after thorough checking.

Before installing any software one must also make sure that he has done enough research on it and has complete knowledge about its functioning. If you are downloading some software that is freely available online, make sure that the website from which you initiate the download is completely trustworthy and read the offer document carefully before accepting any download. Installing a firewall to block any unauthorized party from sneaking into your data is also another good option to stop spyware from reaching the user terminal. Apart from these measures try avoiding installing free software. Do not click on attractive banners and adverts. Also always check the source of your software and ensure that they are genuine in order to stop spyware.

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