What is Spyware and Adware?
Spyware and Adware is software made by publishers that allow them to snoop on your browsing activity, invade your privacy, and flood you with those horrible popups. If you are like most users on the internet, chances are you are probably infected with these applications.
Why does Spyware and Adware affect every internet user?
* All information you enter via the web can be intercepted
* Unauthorized sites can add themselves to your desktop (icons)
* Unauthorized sites can add themselves to your internet favorites
* Your browsing activity can be tracked and monitored
* Unwanted toolbars and searchbars can attach themselves to your browser without your knowledge or approval
* Your personal information can be sold to other parties without your knowledge or consent
* Your default homepage and settings can be hijacked so you can't change them
* These malicious components not only invade your PC so they can not be removed, but take up your hard drive space and slow down your PC!
My kids are always installing freeware (games, music apps and other programs) on the family computer so it goes without saying that spyware and adware end up infecting that particualr computer in the family room.
The adware that pisses me off the most is the one that hijacks the browser start page and the search results. I do a search on google, and the first page of results looks like the google results page, but all of the results link to some obsecure search site and the real results from google start on page 2. There has got to be something illegal with that. Google should sue those bastages. LOL The same thing happens when using Yahoo when the computer was infected with the spyware / adware.
Anyway, getting rid of the spyware and adware is pretty easy. It's just a matter of running a spyware / adware remover. Simply uninstalling the apps (freeware) that infected the computer usually doesn't remove the spyware or adware. Hmm... I wonder if anyone has ever considered filing class action lawsuits against those companies that are responsible for distributing spyware and adware with their software that cannot be uninstalled.
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