Spyware is any software that aims at collecting information about a person or company and send that information to others without the user’s consent. Spyware gets to your computer without your knowledge and consent. It collects information running in the background and also monitors all your online activities. Spyware monitors your pattern of web browsing and tends to steal your personal information from your usernames, passwords to credit card details. On the other hand, adware is different than spyware. In the case of adware, the primary intent is to display advertising content on your system. It does so by using pop-up messages, flashes adware program advertisement or gives links to other malicious websites.
Cybercriminals use spyware to infect your PCs or laptops in order to use them for their malicious means. You may not know but the spyware can get to your system through installing legitimate software, visiting harmful sites or clicking on links in your email attachments.
How can we remove or avoid Spyware and Adware?
It is neither difficult for spyware or adware to infect your computer, nor it is impossible to keep it away. Here’s how you can avoid spyware and adware:
- Make sure you don’t download anything unwanted in your computer. You must ensure that you need software or a program before you actually download it. If it is your first encounter with any software or program make sure to read it thoroughly before installing it.
- It may seem tedious but you must read the agreement terms carefully and then click on accept when you are installing a freeware.
- The web is full of “anti-spyware” tools which ensure safety from spyware and adware. You must do your leg work before installing any such program. REVE Antivirus, for one, is reliable when it comes to ensure total security from virus infected and malicious programs.
- Do not click on advertisements. You should try to avoid programs that have a tendency to flash clickable ads. If you click on such ads, it is likely that you are being watched over by someone to track your surfing behavior after clicking the ads.