Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spyware Can Kill The Registry

Spyware Can Kill The Registry by A Singh


Spyware can kill the registry. Removing Spyware with anti Spyware may avert disaster. However, disaster can still strike if the Spyware is still in the registry. Clean the registry with Spyware removal like Microsoft free Spyware removal and free Spyware Adware removal programs to be safe.

Spyware is malicious software that can kill the registry. What does Spyware have to do with the windows registry? Well, everything and anything that happens on the computer is registered in the registry. The registry is an integral part of the operating system and whatever is added to the computer or removed from the computer is registered in the system registry. When a device such as any hardware is installed, the information pertaining to that hardware is recorded in the system registry. This information includes the kind of device it is and the name of the manufacturer as well.

When the device was installed and also when it was uninstalled is also recorded. If one needs to know what was installed in the PC and when they simply have to refer to the system registry for the information. However, when a device is uninstalled from the system the information is not removed completely from system. This information is not necessary and just contributes to slowing the system down. Therefore the registry along with the entire system must be cleaned of the Spyware, and useless information, by premium or free Spyware removal software.

Where Does Spyware Come In?

Spyware loads itself on to a system to collect personal data and secretly mail it to a web site or email address. This information is used for marketing and at many times criminal intent. Spyware operates secretly in the background while the computer is running, and can only be removed by Spyware removal programs. All the while the Spyware is gathering information from the system.

This Spyware is also stored in the system registry by the operating system. While the Spyware is operating, it is sending and receiving a lot of information over the Internet. This information is constantly updated in the registry by the operating system making the registry swell beyond proportions. As the registry grows the system slows and gradually begins to crawl.

What To Do When The System Slows?

When you discover the system has become slower than usual it is best to download and run some anti-virus utility or Spyware removal program. Though this software may remove the Spyware it will leave traces of the program in different parts of the registry. This then has to be cleaned with special free Spyware Adware removal software.

It is best to download free Adware Spyware removal programs to take care of the problem instead of diving into the registry manually. That can cause more damage than good. Spyware removal software also makes the system more stable and less prone to crashes.


About the Author

Author is admin and technical expert associated with development of computer security and performance enhancing software like Registry Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Anti Spam Filter. Visit home page: http://www.pcmantra.com, Read More at http://www.pcmantra.com/resourcecenter.aspx and http://www.pcmantra.com/anti-spyware.htm

Spyware - The PC Pest

Spyware - The PC Pest by A Singh


Spyware is any software that steals information from your PC without your authorization and knowledge. Spyware slows down your pc, using up system resources, CPU time, memory space, disk space and your Internet bandwidth. That is why it is a fast-spreading pest and is also called adware, malware, eulaware, or even crapware.

Spyware and adware attack every PC at one time or other and no PC can do without antispyware software, which removes spyware. Here is a quick look at what spyware is all about and how it affects your computer.

What is spyware? We can define spyware as any software that steals information from your PC without your authorization and knowledge. Spyware is a fast-spreading pest and also called adware, malware, eulaware, or even crapware. Unless detected and killed by antispyware removal tools, Spyware is very sneaky in the way it operates. This is how most of it operates:

How Spyware Operates:

Spyware's most common way of attacking is similar to a virus or a Trojan. You'll see various popup windows that offer to synchronize your pc's clock or help you with form filling. But that's not all - there are a lot of things it does without telling you. These trojans can hijack your home page and add new pages to your favorites folder, quietly siphoning off your browsing information. Spyware and adware stealthily track all the websites you visit and faithfully report them back to the spyware vendor. Sometimes, though you have a popup blocker, you still keep getting pop ups! These are from spyware on your computer.

Another deadly thing that spyware does is substitute its own ads on a website, killing that website's earnings in the process. We often experience broken web sites. Spyware is capable of reworking the content on the site, resulting in broken pages or JavaScript errors.

Spyware Reduces Performance

Not surprisingly, Spyware slows down your pc, using up system resources, CPU time, memory space, disk space and your Internet bandwidth. The natural consequences of this are system instability and security risks. The next thing you know is that your system just crashes, hangs or behaves strangely, messing up your work schedule. Invariably spyware testing and debugging are rudimentary, so you can't even report them or get support. Some kinds of spyware can even download and install codes in your system and you won't know about it.

The Role Of Antivirus As An Antispyware Removal Tool

If you have wondered why antivirus programs won't remove or block spyware, it is simply because spyware is not a virus. Spyware relies on the fact that every time we install new software we click on I Agree to the licenses without reading them. So we voluntarily open the gates to spyware. It looks like we agreed to have the spyware on our system, which makes it tough for antivirus companies to flag these tricky spyware. The only way to remove spyware is with anti spyware removal tools, manually or automatically, through a tested antispyware software program sold by a reputed company.


About the Author

Author is admin and technical expert associated with development of computer security and performance enhancing software like Registry Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Anti Spam Filter. Visit home page: http://www.pcmantra.com, Read More at http://www.pcmantra.com/resourcecenter.aspx and http://www.pcmantra.com/anti-spyware.htm

Facts You Should Know About Spyware

Facts You Should Know About Spyware by A Singh


Every PC user must control and arrest spyware through antispyware and adware removal tools. Spyware comes in various forms and the most commonly found is the illegally installed spyware. It is used to secretly get information in unethical ways, which is why good antispyware software needs to be used against it.

Spyware Avatars

As software that picks up information from your computer without your consent, Spyware assumes many forms. It can be Trojans, web bugs, adware and commercial software that are used to keep an eye over someone's computer to track what they are doing or to illegally get their secret information like passwords to bank accounts etc. Trojan software gets into your system by duping you into thinking it is something else, just like viruses. Web bugs come as ActiveX controls and cookies that just follow you around as you browse the web. Once they know your habits, they show you popups with advertisements they think you might be interested in. This sort of software or remote administration software can be stopped by firewalls.

The commercial computer monitoring spyware software includes URL recorders, key loggers, chat and screen recorders, program loggers etc. and antispyware can guard you from this. The key loggers just track all your keystrokes, which means just about everything you do on your computer. Then you have those screen loggers that can just take a picture of your screen, in spite of you having firewalls installed.

Can Cleaning Your Registry Or Deleting Your Startup Items Help?

The problem with spyware and adware is that they run as hidden files so they don't show up on the task list, the registry, or the startup items. They lodge themselves where startup cleaners cannot find them and they run invisibly. But good antispyware software or adware cleaner can find them and eliminate them.

The seriousness of running antispyware cannot be emphasized enough; just as business people use legal spyware to legitimately keep track of their employees' online activities, employees who hold grudges can also spy on their bosses illegally. They could steal credit card numbers or trade information off to competitors.

Is Spyware Software Legal?

Generally quite a few spyware is legal, for example, when an employer has it in the computers used by his staff and the staff is aware of it. But it is illegal to install spyware on someone else's computer without their knowledge.

Spyware is evolving by the minute and it is not mandatory for a spy to be near your computer to spy on you. It can be done in many dangerous ways. In spite of being viewed as a criminal offence, illegal adware and spyware is being installed to secretly get information in unethical ways. Make sure you get a reliable antispyware or a combination of adware removal programs that can keep your computer clean and safe.


About the Author

Author is admin and technical expert associated with development of computer security and performance enhancing software like Registry Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Anti Spam Filter. Visit home page: http://www.pcmantra.com, Read More at http://www.pcmantra.com/resourcecenter.aspx and http://www.pcmantra.com/anti-spyware.htm

Alert Your Kids To Spyware

Alert Your Kids To Spyware by A Singh


If you share a computer with your kids, you are highly exposed to spyware threats. Spyware lurks around, waiting to take advantage of kids and teenagers' browsing habits. An antispyware and adware removal tool is your means to protect your machine. Educate your kids about spyware.

An antispyware and adware removal tool is essential for every computer, more so on the ones kids use. When children browse, Spyware preys on the surfing behavior of children, especially teens. When they download various programs these Trojans come bundled in it. A good example of this is the peer-to-peer music sharing programs, free games online, free screen savers and several song lyric sites that kids frequent. But if you educate your kids about spyware, and use antispyware software, you can fight spyware effectively.

The Things Spyware Does

Spyware can just invade your system and hijack your web browser. The sites that kids usually visit site trigger off endless popup windows on Internet Explorer and that's when you know you've been hit. This results in the slowing down or crashing of your pc. When your pc is infested with adware, it turns unstable and behaves strangely. Some forms of spyware called key loggers or dialers can automatically make expensive long distance calls or track everything you do by logging your keystrokes. This steals private information and passwords, not to mention credit card information.

Spyware Prefers Teenagers

More than the little kids, it's the teenagers that attract spyware more because of their browsing habits. Most of the sites they browse are full of free stuff. You pay the price with spyware. The peer-to-peer sharing network is the worst because these sites do not have any kind of antispyware policy and are fair game for spyware vendors. Teenagers are attracted by the freebies offered especially on sites that have to do with celebrities and entertainment. Added to these are the downloadable games, free emoticons and other stuff.

You must advise your kids that it is dangerous to download any thing from unknown sites. Tell them to beware of pop up windows that promise to clean up or scan your pc. They must know about companies that claim to sell antispyware but actually just lodge spyware into your system. Therefore it is necessary that you purchase antispyware software from a reliable company.

No Such Thing As A Free Download

The irony of the issue is that the spyware that proliferates in your pc is there because you agreed to it, without knowing you did. Kids get excited about getting free stuff, little knowing that they are consenting to install spyware and adware. Spyware is difficult to identify and by the time you realize it, it is too late. The best thing to do is to build awareness among your kids and encourage safe browsing and downloading patterns. Ensure that antispyware and adware removal tools protect your pc always.

About the Author

Author is admin and technical expert associated with development of computer security and performance enhancing software like Registry Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Anti Spam Filter. Visit home page: http://www.pcmantra.com, Read More at http://www.pcmantra.com/resourcecenter.aspx

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Spyware versus Adware

Spyware versus Adware by Mindy Matter


Have you ever had pop up after pop up on your computer screen? Or have you ever seen it happen on someone else's? This is something that is happening everyday. What is it? It is either Adware or Spyware.

What is Spyware? Spyware is a program that monitors or spies on what computer users do on their computers. They then send the information that is gathered over the internet back to companies. The companies then bombard computers with advertisements.

What is Adware? Adware is a program that monitors or spies on what computer users do on their computers. They then automatically install advertisements onto the computer.

Spyware and Adware: What is the difference?

You may be thinking that the definitions of spyware and adware sound very similar. They are similar indeed. The only difference between the two is that adware does not report to the company, instead it bypasses that and automatically loads the ads onto the computer.

So, what's the big deal? Spyware and adware are taking computers over. The more adware or spyware that is loaded onto the computer, the longer it takes for the machine to go through its start up process. New toolbars appear in the browser. The homepage is changed and cannot be changed back. Pop-ups will not go away when the computer is running. It can slow your machine and your level of productivity down.

Isn't Spyware and Adware just a way to advertise? Spyware and Adware are an effort to advertise. Think about it this way though. Do you want to be spied on? That is exactly what is happening. Every move you make on your computer is watched, and then based on your computer activity, you receive pop-up ads. Now, ask yourself this question 'If you are watching television, do you have to watch the commercials?' No, of course not. You can choose whether you want to watch the ads, flip to a different channel or turn the television off. Okay, now, if you are driving down the road are you required to look at the billboards? No, you can completely ignore them. Advertising in and of itself is not a bad thing. It becomes a negative thing when people are forced to watch, see or read the advertisements. That is what happens with adware and spyware. The harder you try to eliminate the pop-ups, the more pop-ups you have to deal with. The simple truth is that it's not really fair to force people to watch advertising.

What do the companies that make the Spyware and Adware say?

You might wonder about the response from the companies who create such products. They say that all they are doing is advertising. They are actually the ones who coined the term adware. Spyware was coined in order to get people's attention and alert them to what spyware was doing to their computers. In an effort to redeem themselves, the companies created the adware that does not "spy" in that it does not report the computer activity to someone, but instead automatically installs the advertisement. They said that adware is simply to advertise and that some people just do not like advertisements. They claim that their software is legitimate.

So, is the software legitimate?

Well, let's take a look at what these companies do. Many will install root kits in an effort to adware files so that the computer user does not find them. If it is legitimate then why do they need to hide the files? Adware often puts more than one file into the memory. Then, if one process is canceled out, another can kick in and restart it. If the files are changed, then they are changed back. If it is legitimate then why do the companies take such extreme measures to make it hard for you to remove their software? The adware takes over the computer by displaying pop-up after pop-up after pop-up. The pop-ups become so numerous that no matter how many you close you can not get them to go away because closing them causes more to open. The software causes bogs up the computer memory and eventually causes the computer to crash. If computers are crashing due to the software, then is this really legitimate?

What You Can Do About It

I cannot stop the companies from loading the adware and spyware by myself. You can not stop them from loading the software by yourself either. However, together we can inform people what spyware and adware is. Then, we all need to take a stand against it.

About the Author

By Mindy Matter for http://www.removeadware.com.au/ here you'll learn about online privacy and how to remove adware:

Understanding anti spyware

Understanding anti spyware by Oliver Turner


Spyware software is something we are constantly hearing about all over the internet along with the threats and risks it posses to computer users. In order to combat spyware software you will need to install anti-spyware software.

Anti-spyware software programs work in two ways.

1. They can provide real time protection against the installation of spyware software on your computer. This type of spyware protection works the same way as that of anti-virus protection in that the anti-spyware software scans all incoming network data for spyware software and blocks any threats it comes across.

2. Anti-spyware software programs can be used solely for detection and removal of spyware software that has already been installed onto your computer. This type of spyware protection is normally much easier to use and more popular. With this spyware protection software you can schedule weekly, daily, or monthly scans of your computer to detect and remove any spyware software that has been installed on your computer. This type of anti-spyware software scans the contents of the windows registry, operating system files, and installed programs on your computer and will provide a list of any threats found, allowing you to choose what you want to delete and what you want to keep.

In recent years the two objectives of spyware removal software have been combined to provide a more powerful anti-spyware software program that allows you to detect and remove spyware and use real time protection on your computer. Just like anti-virus programs spyware removal programs also require frequent updates and the majority of anti-spyware software now come with this feature also.

Understanding what anti-spyware software does and what it should do will help you choose the right spyware protection for your computer. It is important to remember that if you have a computer and use it to access the internet then you are at risk from spyware software and you need to protect yourself.

About the Author

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Freeware Spyware Removal

Freeware Spyware Removal by Jeremiah Patton


Isn't it funny to see how people will react when something is given for free? Chances are, people will be rushing over and getting as many as possible. This may not happen when browsing through the Internet but there are a few things such as spyware removal systems that will protect the person while online.

This is necessary to protect vital information that the person gives over the web. Some examples are credit card numbers, passwords and other details, which can be used by a hacker to commit identity fraud. It is really hard to catch these criminals but it is much easier to protect oneself from such individuals by downloading such tools.

Here are a few examples of freeware spyware removal systems.

The most popular one of these is probably Spybot Search and Destroy. This is because it has been downloaded 67 million times and its developers have designed it to fight over 24,000 different types of threats.

It will not only scan the computer for problems and eliminate it. This will also block any future ones from popping out when the user accidentally visits certain sites or opens emails from strangers.

Next is adaware, which has a free, and a paid version for those who are interested. The good news for those who will use this for home use is that no money needs to be shelled out. This will only happen if a corporation decides to use this to protect its computers.

HijackThis has also proven itself as more than 1.5 million people have downloaded and are still using it. One added plus for this program is that not only will it destroy spyware but this has also been designed to make corrections in the affected systems.

Microsoft users will be happy to know that it has a program called Windows Defender readily available. This is only compatible with Windows 2003 and XP so those using lower end versions should upgrade to either of the two as soon as possible.

Symantec is another name that has left its mark in the anti-spyware industry. Those who have never used it before can download this for a one-month trial period and then choose to buy it when it is over. The individual can just download this again when it expires but this is very tiring so why not just pay for it to be sleep better at night.

One company that has a system to fight spyware and viruses at the same time is McAfee. Unfortunately, there is no chance that this can be downloaded for free. Those who want it will have to buy it from the manufacturer.

There are other software companies that have something as good as those mentioned. The individual should probably read up on this and then choose to get it also to serve as a backup should the first system fail.

It is a known fact that hackers are also working hard to steal information. This means people should do the same by taking the necessary precautions including receiving regular updates from the current anti-spyware supplier Is spyware that dangerous? The answer is yes. Research has shown this has happened 90% of the time especially for those who open emails regularly and make transactions via the web.

This means people should not take this lightly and do whatever is possible to avoid becoming another victim. The freeware spyware removal system is there and it is up to the person, which one will be downloaded into the computer.

About the Author

For more information on the best spyware and adware removal software on the internet, please visit http://www.removal-spyware.net