Online Spyware Detection

Written by Charles Peacock
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Online spyware detection is one of the fastest, easiest and most effective ways to test your computer for spyware. Many online spyware detection services are available, but they're not all the same. In fact, some spyware makers actually disguise their malicious programs as spyware detection programs, so it's important to be sure of what you're using before you go and download a spyware detection program!

Should You Trust Online Spyware Detection Programs?

Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to download and run free programs off of the Internet. Doing this leaves you open to viruses, trojan horses, and even more spyware. Unless you're an experienced and confident computer user who knows how to spot a rat, it's a good idea to always look for a second opinion before downloading any free software--or even better, to buy your programs in the store, so you know exactly what you're getting.

If you've found an online spyware detection program that looks legitimate, do a little bit of research before you go ahead and use it. Doing a simple internet search on the name of the program will provide you with information from people who have used it in the past. Reading their opinions will give you a good idea if it's effective software, or if it's something to be avoided.

Once you've determined that the online detection program is safe, keep in mind that programs like this require something to be installed on your computer. When you click the button to start the test, you will probably be prompted to allow a program or applet to be installed on your computer. If you trust the software, simply hit OK, sit back, and wait for the software to complete scanning your system.


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