Adware Protection

Written by Anthony Tedesco
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The Internet has revolutionized the way we do business, communicate, and even learn. It's become an invaluable resource that we often take it for granted. This is especially true when we consider the very real dangers associated with its use if we don't take steps to protect ourselves.

Not only do we as Internet users have to contend with viruses, but we also have to consider adware and spyware amongst our greatest threats. A virus is bad enough, as they often threaten to erase our entire hard drives once the virus's writer gains access to all of your data. Spyware and adware can do nearly the same thing without erasing your drive. Worst yet, spyware and adware can take advantage of your computer and your saved data without you ever knowing it.

How Spyware and Adware Work

Spyware and adware work by monitoring your internet usage, and reporting back to the software on the links you click and the searches you enter. Adware will then use that information to send you those annoying pop-ups you have to continually click to close. Spyware, on the other hand, does something much more devious.

Cookies and the Role They Play

Cookies are little packets of data your computer uses to help you access websites quicker on future visits. When you go back to the page in question, the site will access the cookie you created so it can either fill in the blanks or tell the page what to load on startup. This is where the spyware problems originate.

Spyware, particularly the kind found in cookies, is designed not just to see what you are doing on the Internet, but it is also capable of reading the information you transmit and sending it to the spyware's host. If you save your username or password online, there's a very good chance that data can be compromised. It's actually more a matter of when as opposed to if.

Battling the Spyware Onslaught

One of the scariest statistics available relates to the current presence of spyware on home computers. Over 90 percent of home PCs in use are infected with spyware and their users have absolutely no idea. This means that right now, as you read this, your computer is more than likely sending information back to a spyware creator. And if you value your privacy, you'll take steps to stop it.

Using Spyware and Adware Removal Tools

The way to fight back is to use spyware and adware removal tools which have been designed to identify and eliminate threats. Spyware removal tools read your hard drive and registry and locate the spyware commands and programs where they exist. The removal tools then erase those files and registry entries. The better spyware tools can even immunize your system to prevent future attacks by identified spyware threats.

The Cost of Spyware Protection

You would think the cost of spyware protection would be comparable to buying a new program for your PC. That couldn't be further from the truth! There are actually spyware removal tools that are provided to computer users just like you completely free of charge. You can download them from the developer's website, and even set the program to update itself as new detection rules become available.

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