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TECH TIP: Adware and Spyware.
We talked about viruses - but what about adware and spyware - they can be very annoying and sometimes as harmful as viruses. Often it puts very undesirable links on your computer.
Adware is a program that runs on your computer, monitors your surfing habits and delivers targeted advertisements, typically in the form of pop-up windows.
Spyware is a program that runs on your computer, monitors your Web surfing habits and reports the habits to a remote computer.
These things are annoying and use up precious system resources on your computer - as well as invade your privacy. You don't want to get them on your computer.
Adware/Spyware is typically installed on your computer without you even knowing it, Such websites as Kazaa (yes - the music sharing website), Xupiter (read about this one here - http://allentech.net/parasite/Xupiter.html) or Grokster (another peer to peer sharing site) do this when you install their free software. So be careful what you install on your computer! Ask - is it worth getting the other junk you will get installed to use their services.
So how do you get rid of it if it has been installed on your computer. Here's 2 great FREE programs you can use.
Spybot - visit http://spybot.safer-networking.de/
Lavasofts Ad-aware - visit http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/
I've used both of these FREE programs and they work great.
this website for some of the information in this Tech Tip - go there to read
Best Advice - Stay away from questionable sites! Happy Computing!
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