Adware Spyware

Written by Charles Peacock
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Adware spyware is not simply an annoyance that you should learn to live with. It is a dangerous tool used by people bent on profiting from your private personal information. To understand what adware spyware is, it's important to look at how it is designed, how it is spread, and what effects it can have on your and your computer.

What is Adware Spyware?

Adware is software that can be freely downloaded from the Internet that pays for itself by presenting users with unsolicited advertisements. Spyware, on the other hand, is software that installs itself on your computer and attempts to track your browsing habits and/or personal information. Adware spyware is basically just spyware that is installed on your computer (often unwittingly) when you install an adware program like Kazaa.

If you're still confused, think of it this way: adware tries to sell you stuff, spyware tries to spy on you. Adware spyware is a malicious (and potentially dangerous) combination of the two that should be avoided at all costs. But how does one avoid adware spyware? To put it simply: if you never download "free" software from the Internet and install it on your computer, you will almost certainly never get any spyware.

If you have already installed adware on your computer (like downloadable games, file sharing programs or search programs) it is very likely that you're infected with adware and spyware. This means you're probably being subjected to an annoying amount of pop-up ads, even when you're not browsing the Internet. It also means that you might have software installed on your computer that is tracking your personal information and web-browsing habits.

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