What is Spyware?

By: Jeff Farley

Many times, spyware is installed when you obtain software from a third party like a peer-to-peer provider, but you don't even know it's on your computer. This harmful software then obtains information about the browsing habits of the user and can sometimes monitor and track other personal information. Spyware is the term used these days for any software that operates without permission of the user, and benefits a 3rd party.

Some of the direct effects of spyware intruders are:

* The addition of affiliate links
* Spying on internet activity
* Installation of other 3rd party applications
* The addition of new home pages
* ID Theft
* A PC that runs in a sluggish manner
* A corrupt registry

Many users don't even know their personal computer is infected, but when they finally discover what the problem is, it's very difficult to remove the spyware without some type of assistance. Often, those who distribute Spyware will say the user agreement allowed for this monitoring when a certain application was
downloaded.

Primary targets for spyware are Windows and Internet Explorer, because most computer users utilize these products. A different type of product might reduce your risk, but there's really no way you can know for sure.

If unwanted ads are appearing while you are using your PC, your computer is probably infected with spyware. The best way to get rid of it and keep it off your computer is to use a spyware removal product. We have found XoftSpySE to work the best in both getting rid of spyware and preventing it in the future

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