Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover

My comments and reviews on spyware and adware remover programs first start with answering the questions, "What is spyware and how does it affect us?"

For other comments and spyware reviews, see the supporting articles at the bottom of this page.

1. Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... What Is Spyware?

Protection against spyware is now as mandatory as an antivirus and a firewall in our arsenal to guard privacy and online security.

Computer spyware is a term used as a catchall for a number of distinctly different software programs. These range from the relatively benign, such as adware, to the downright pernicious, such as keyloggers, Trojans, system monitors, browser hijackers and dialers.

Webopedia's definition of spyware is...

"Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers."

This is not to say that all software which provides ads or tracks our online activities is bad. For instance, if we download free music or a screensaver and in return the company offers us targeted advertisements, we may feel that's a fair exchange.

The key is whether we have accepted that the software can be installed and we've been notified of what the software will do. In other words, is the software being deceptive in what it does and does it deliberately compromise our efforts to guard privacy to get onto our computers?

Anyone who uses a PC is going to be susceptible to computer spyware. It can be installed from...

  • Web sites

  • Downloaded software -- where spyware is bundled with legitimate applications, usually freeware

  • E-mail
For more information on how spyware infects our computers, take a look at Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... How PCs Are Infected & The Signs.

2. Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... How Spyware Affects Us

  • Installed spyware doesn't necessarily need an Internet connection to operate. Once it has found its way onto our PCs, it often spreads itself throughout our system, making full removal extremely difficult.
  • Because spyware often phones home the victim's information and adware may be sending back more pop-ups and banner ads to our PCs, computer spyware uses up our valuable Internet bandwidth -- and if our bandwidth is limited by our provider, we may end up having to pay for the extra that this malware consumes.
  • Many spyware programs store their unwanted advertisements on our hard drive. By consuming our computer's memory and system resources, we may notice our PCs slowing down, or even crashing.
  • I mentioned above that e-mail is a source of computer spyware because spyware is often hidden within spam. When spyware detects e-mail addresses in our address book, some types will use our Internet connection to send them on to a third party.

    This third party may be a spammer or an organization that sells the list of addresses on to spammers, who send out their unsolicited commercial e-mail to their lists of these addresses.

    Recipients who click ads in spam, or even look at a spam e-mail in their preview pane, may be at risk of downloading more spyware. This is known as a drive-by download.

  • For more comments and reviews on spyware and adware remover programs, take a look at the following articles...

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    4. Review On Spyware And Adware Removal... How PCs Are Infected & The Signs
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