Spyware is a general term for software that displays advertisements, collects personal information, or changes the configuration of your computer without properly obtaining your consent. Spyware has the potential to collect data from your computer, including personal and financial information. It can also allow its creator to access your computer files. You may have heard spyware called other names including adware, malware scumware, and many less-complimentary names.
Anti-spyware software detects and removes spyware from your computer. The anti-spyware sites listed below are well-known and recommended by the ITS Help Desk. Never use anti-spyware software that has not been recommended by a legitimate source sometimes spyware developers will disguise spyware as anti-spyware software.
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You may have spyware or other unwanted software on your computer if...
There are two strategies used by spyware developers to get on your computer. The first method is “bundle and bury,” where spyware creators pay to have their programs bundled with legitimate software. The unsuspecting victim only realize that they are installing spyware if they read the fine print of the end-user license agreement.
The second method is the unsuspecting download. Many companies create web pages which install software onto your computer for legitimate purposes. Spyware creators use this functionality to install their spyware on your computer, without your knowledge, as you browse the Internet. Some web browsers will attempt to inform you of the download by displaying a dialog box; however, most people reflexively click the OK button when presented with a dialog box and do not read the text.
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