Spyware is sneaky, sneaky stuff. It covertly installs itself on your computer, and can track where you go and what you buy on the Internet. It also has the annoying tendency of slowing down your computer, thus turning everyday tasks like checking your e-mail into frustrating and laborious endeavors. Luckily, there are plenty of easy ways you can prevent spyware.
- Spyware are programs that collect data about you, your computer, and your Internet activity without your knowledge. Adware, on the other hand, simply displays ads on your computer and can be a pain to remove. Spyware is malicious and can cause you problems, while adware is simply an annoyance. For an explanation of the two types of programs check out this article from network solutions company Cisco.
- Your computer might have spyware if:
- An onslaught of pop-up ads appear.
- Your browser directs you to sites other than the ones you type in the address box.
- Your homepage changes on its own, or you find toolbars that you didn't download.
- Certain keys on your computer's keyboard stop working.
- You receive random error messages.
- Your computer shows decreased performance speed when saving files or opening programs.
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