There are many different forms of "intrusions" or "infections' that can plague a modern PC including viruses, and "Malware." Malware is all forms of malicious software that includes Spyware and Aware.
If the PC owner does know how to remove Spyware and Adware, it can cause a lot of damage to the PC's operating system.
You do not deliberately download and install Spyware and Adware to your computer, instead they are installed when you visit websites or when you download and install other software programs, without your knowledge.
What is the differences between Spyware, Adware and Malware?
Adwares=ADvertisement + softWARE automatically displays advertisements when the software is running.
It will show advertisements designed by the programmer of software. Most of the time the advertisements can be removed by purchasing a license to remove the adverts permanently. Usually the pop ups contains a malicious PC virus.
Spyware = SPY + softWARE which is a form of spying on a computer, by monitoring the habits and uses of the user and is mostly done without the user's knowledge or consent. Generally it is used to get more targeted advertisements and can commonly take the form of annoying pop ups that the PC user cannot seem to get rid of.
Spyware is an advancement (the next generation) of Adware. It is designed to intercept or take partial control over the user's computer, without the user's permission or informed consent.
Malware=MALicious + softWARE or Malicious software is the term commonly used term that covers all the various types of bad software including: crimeware, dishonest adware, computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware and other unwanted malicious software.
How To Know That You Have Spyware and Adware On Your PC:
You know that your computer has become infected when:
1. Internet Explorer stops works or behaves erratically;
2. Even when there are not many programs loaded your computer becomes very slow;
3. You get unusual error messages or fake error messages occurring regularly, or your PC freezes for no reason;
4. Your computer has odd programs installed that you can't seem to get rid of when you try and uninstall them;
5. Your firewall tell you that some program is trying to connect to the internet, and you have no idea what that program is.
These are just a few of the many symptoms that you may experience if you have been infected by Spyware and Adware.
How To Remove Spyware and Adware:
Download and install Firefox so that you don't get anymore Spyware or Adware.
A program that you can download will scan and remove any Spyware and Adware from your PC.
A single program will not remove all the Spyware and Adware so you will need to install and use a couple of programs to make sure that you get rid of all of it.
There is no single anti-Spyware and anti-Adware program that will get rid of every type of Malware infection. Using many different solutions will help to result in trouble-free computing. Prevention is better than cure.
Always compute safely, always have the latest updates installed, do not install every "Cool" application you come across, do not go to websites that could potentially harm your computer and ensure that you have a good backup solution in place.
That way should the worse happen you are able to effectively recover from it, whilst still maintaining your data.
13 July 2009 software tips