Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Spyware Remover - A Tool You Must Have

Spyware Remover - A Tool You Must Have by Morgan Hamilton


You have probably encountered an annoying and malicious set of programs that are more commonly known as 'spyware' if you use the Internet regularly. Spyware programs are capable of tracking Internet usage, collecting personal information, spawning 'pop-up' advertisements, and altering Internet browser settings. In general, spyware refers to the kinds of adware that are covertly installed onto your computer without your consent.

A computer's performance can be severely affected by many spyware programs. They may even cause lock-ups and crashes. This is why you should use a spyware remover on a regular basis. This will help keep your computer working at its best. You can choose from a number of spyware removers available today.

I highly recommend 'Spybot - Search and Destroy', made by Patrick Kolla, and 'Ad-Aware SE' produced by Lavasoft. You can avail of these programs in their basic form for free. However, the more advanced forms of the programs are only available for a small fee. Nevertheless, the free versions can be effective in getting rid of the spyware that is infecting your computer.

A few years ago, Microsoft has jumped into the spyware remover business. It has released a free update for Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Windows 2000 called the 'Windows AntiSpyware Beta'. It is still in its testing stage like all beta programs. Fortunately, is intended to be released as a free product for Window's users sometime in the near future. The Microsoft spyware remover can detect and halt spyware as it is being installed. Other spyware removing programs are normally only able to catch spyware after it is already on your computer.

You also need to be wary when you are looking for a good spyware remover because many advertisements for spyware removing software are misleading. In fact, there are some phony programs that actually install spyware of their own if you use them. Avoid using any spyware remover that is advertised in a 'pop-up' ad. You should do some research before you use a spyware removing program. Take advantage of online communities and forums that discuss this protective type of software.

You should also realize that no single spyware remover is perfect. This means that you may find better success with some over others. Running more than one program to increase your chances of keeping your computer spyware free is good overall strategy. Run both Spybot and Ad-Aware at least once a week, and then install updates for these programs whenever they are available.

About the Author

Morgan Hamilton offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects concerning Spyware Remover. Visit our site for more helpful information about Spyware Remover and other similar topics.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Anti Spyware For Internet Marketers

Anti Spyware For Internet Marketers by Peter Lim


One of the main reasons many people get involved in internet marketing is the fact that they believe internet marketing can give them the freedom to live a lifestyle that is more leisurely than a 9 to 5 job. Of course, there's the other aspect of monetary reward, and there have been mesmerising tales of those big-time gurus' who have raked in millions of dollars through their mega launches of Marketing Systems and Traffic systems within a day. Hence, we see more and more people reaching out to become internet marketers with the twin objectives of financial freedom and personal freedom.

I was surprised that my friends who were internet marketers making a good living from off their online activities reported that they found they have to spend more time on their computers upgrading themselves and their knowledge to keep pace with the fast developing online marketplace. For example, while the use of video was relatively untouched some 3 years back, today we see a phlethora of sites offerring facilities to show off your personal videos, both for entertainment, for education and for advertising or marketing purposes.

Prodding them a bit further, I was even more surprised that almost none of them have had undergone a substantial upgrading of their computer facilities although their business which had increased manifold.

More shockingly, I discovered there was an abject neglect of the security of their computers - both their computer systems and hardware itself and its assets - the files they created, the infoproducts they made and their mailing lists they have painstainkingly built up through the years.

In one case, one internet marketer has had her clientele wiped off simply because she did not carry any backups of their sites which were based on scripts that run on a database, and when there was a DDOS attack on the server storing her scripts, all the mailing lists were destroyed and lost forever!

In the hustle and bustle of the working day, it is time for you, if you are an internet marketer to pause and consider when the last time you did an audit of your own needs was - the need for an upgraded secure computer system that can provide protection against the ever increasing threat of spyware, virus, malware, malicious keyloggers, trojans and all its many variants.

On the very basic front, it is imperative to install a powerful anti spyware software that can do daily updates of the spyware definitions. Though there are free versions, you need to seriously consider whether it is better for you to upgrade to the paid versions or to change to an entirely better anti spyware software. Next, an anti virus program with a firewall must be installed to provide real time protection against viral attack. And finally, devise a back-up system of your very important files such as your mailing list, customer list, your joint venture partners and your "products" on the design table.

There are a lot of things we can do to counter economic sabotage by others, as there is a physical presence and physical entities that we can check and monitor, but where online marketing is concerned, viruses sneak in unawares and can destroy a whole lifetime of your work in a split second, if you do not care about your own computer security.

So check your computer system today and ensure you are protected.


About the Author

To stop spyware, malware, trojans, malicious keyloggers etc from attacking your computer and to keep it protected, visit my blog http://1anti-spyware.blogspot.com

Friday, January 26, 2007

Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista - Management News by InformationWeek

Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista - Management News by InformationWeek: "A Microsoft security rival on Thursday blasted the anti-spyware technology that the Redmond, Wash., developer will include with Windows Vista as 'ineffective,' 'slow,' and 'weak.'

'We applaud Microsoft for the substantive improvements in Vista,' says Gerhard Eschelbeck, the CTO of Webroot Software. 'However, we want to make sure that users understand the Vista operating system's limitations, and caution them that Microsoft's default malware blocking application and antivirus programs may not fully protect them.'

Eschelbeck's employer is best known for its Spy Sweeper anti-spyware line, which late last year was updated with antivirus scanning capabilities. Spy Sweeper competes with the for-free Windows Defender, Microsoft's anti-spyware add-on to Windows XP that is also integrated with Windows Vista, the next-generation operating system that debuts in retail next Tuesday, Jan. 30."

Read more...Anti-Spyware Rival Slams Microsoft's Windows Defender, Vista - Management News by InformationWeek

Malware and Spyware report shows trends - Tech

Malware and Spyware report shows trends - Tech: "Sophos security released a report Monday showing the United States as leader for Spam-relaying and Malware hosting, at thirty-two percent during 2006.

China with thirty-one percent followed by Russia at nine percent rounded out the top three countries responsible for Malware and Spam hosting for that year. 'The US remains a hot spot for online criminal activity, and despite authorities' continued efforts to clamp down on cyber crime, too many US-hosted websites still have lax security measures in place,' said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant for Sophos. 'Given the effectiveness of web-based attacks, web hosting companies in the US and elsewhere need to step up their policing of published content, and ensure that malicious code is quickly removed, before innocent users get hit.'"

Read more...Malware and Spyware report shows trends - Tech

How To Reduce The Risk Of Adware Or Spyware Infections By 90% - Family and Parenting Directory

How To Reduce The Risk Of Adware Or Spyware Infections By 90% - Family and Parenting Directory: "How To Reduce The Risk Of Adware Or Spyware Infections By 90% by Karl S. Smith

If you follow this advice, you eliminate 90% of the risk involved with ad ware and spy ware infections.

If you do not use the Internet you will not get any infections. When you connect to the Internet you visit one of these three types of sites. Dangerous sites, low risk sites or safe sites.

Read more How To Reduce The Risk Of Adware Or Spyware Infections By 90% -



Illegal websites and porn sites are the most dangerous sites.

Ad ware, spy ware, trojans and malware are all dangerous so called objects. Virus and toolbars are also very common. If you want to keep your computer more safe from these bad objects you can start now doing the following:"

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

First Free Anti-Spyware for Microsoft's Vista Operating System Available Globally by Max Secure Software

PRESS RELEASE First Free Anti-Spyware for Microsoft's Vista Operating System Available Globally by Max Secure Software: "Max Secure Software, a leading provider of anti-spyware software for the consumer and enterprise markets, announced today the global unveiling of Max Spyware Detector 2.0 for Windows Vista™, the world's first free anti-spyware software for Vista. Max Spyware Detector will be offered free until March 2007 for new users of Windows Vista who are looking for a reliable and efficient anti-spyware product. Max Spyware Detector incorporates Max Secure Software's Smart Scan technology to speed the detection of spyware, which is a result of a proprietary scanning algorithm that reduces scan time by up to 20 minutes on repetitive spyware scans.

'Vista is quickly being deployed and purchased by millions of PC users without any substantial protection against advanced spywares,' said Sanjay Pradhan, CEO of Max Secure Software. 'We recognized that millions of PC users were going to need a reliable and trusted anti-spyware product for their Vista operating system, so we developed an anti-spyware solution that not only met the users' expectations but also was free.'"

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

How To Protect Your Computer From Killer Spyware/Adware

How To Protect Your Computer From Killer Spyware/Adware by Tim Manasterski


Definitions

The computer world is full of threats. In the past, these threats typically consisted of spam, viruses and worms, but a new threat is here to stay, killer spyware and adware! Spyware is defined as software that transmits your confidential information to a third party without asking you for permission. In addition to the obvious violation of your privacy by submitting your web browsing history, spyware companies can also use these your private information to send you spam. Even worse spyware software sometimes collects very sensitive information such as your username and passwords! Adware, another new threat to the online community, displays advertisements on your computer typically in exchange for so-called "free" software. These advertisements can even inexplicably pop-up on your computer display when you're not using your computer!

Spyware Infiltration Techniques

Typically killer spyware and adware use two techniques to infiltrate your computer. The most common method of getting spyware and adware installed is to trick you into installing it yourself! Yes, that's right, if you think you have a spyware problem, more than likely your the cause of the problem. Links to spyware can very deceptive and the author has fallen victim himself. However, identifying the techniques used by the spyware makers will help you to minimize spyware intrusions. One common method of spyware intrusion is opening a pop-up windows with a cancel button. When you inadvertently click the cancel button, low and behold spyware has been installed! Even trickier, the pop-up window might have a fake windows title bar which installs the killer software when you try click the fake X to close the window. Tip #1, always use a good pop-up blocker! As you can see, spyware makers are very tricky and they're out to find every technique they can to get their software on your computer, so be weary of any pop-up window and always look at file sizes when downloading. If the file seems too small to be what it claims to be, then it is more than likely spyware or even worse a virus. One sure sign that your computer is infected with spyware or adware is when your browser settings get hijacked. Typically, spyware and adware will change your default home page or search engine, so if you see your homepage change without your intervention you're computer has more than likely been infected.

FREE Software = Adware

Adware manufactures typically use supposedly completely free software to infiltrate your computer system. However, when you install the free software, it will tell you that the free software will also install other depective programs in their terms and conditions, which of course you agree to without reading! File sharing software is notorious for both killer spyware and adware, so be warned! Sometimes it is best is pay for good software because you really get what you pay for. It is the author's opinion that most "free" software nowadays consists of some form of spyware, adware or spamming technique. It's really worth the money to pay for decent software when you need it. If you think you're really found completely free software without the inclusion of adware, do a quick search for the program title and the keywords adware or spyware. If your search comes up empty, you just might have found a diamond in the rough.

Adware and Spyware Warning Signs


Killer spyware and adware is most often noticed when your computer slows down or your computer crashes unexpectedly. Instability problems or a hijacked web browser are sure signs that you have a major spyware or adware problem. Don't let unscrupulous individuals control your computer or view your browsing history, install a good spyware / adware removal tool today. The author recommends XoftSpySE to help protect your system from unwanted spyware, adware, malware, pop-ups and more!

About the Author

Tim Manasterski has been an IT professional since 1991. Please visit his website to learn more about removing spyware and adware from your computer.

Uniblue launches SpyEraser, adding anti-spyware software to their acclaimed product range.

freepressreleases - Uniblue launches SpyEraser, adding anti-spyware software to their acclaimed product range.: "9 out of 10 computers connected to the internet are infected with spyware, and even with anti-spyware protection, around 88% of new scans uncover new malware, often within just 24 hours of the previous scan. No PC is immune to the threats, which can be responsible for sluggish PC performance, an increase in annoying pop-ups, changing the default homepage, increasing phone bills by installing dialers and a whole range of other problems."

PC Tools doles out free PC tools

PC Tools doles out free PC tools: "THE GUYS BEHIND SPYWARE DOCTOR at PC Tools are planning to release free versions of its security software PC Tools Firewall Plus and PC Tools AntiVirus in a bid to, well, release some free software.

The move is to help out the poor little pirates that download illicit copies of the company's programs onto their PCs only to find that they are loaded with new viruses and spyware, according to vice president Michael Greene. 'We want to help consumers begin the new year with added confidence that their security needs are met when they surf the internet.'"

Spyware Doctor - Best AntiSpyware 2005 & 2006

Spyware Doctor - Best AntiSpyware 2005 & 2006: "Spyware Doctor has been downloaded over 75 Million times; with a million more downloads every week. Millions of people worldwide use Spyware Doctor to protect their identity and PC security.

Spyware Doctor has consistently been awarded Editors' Choice, by leading PC magazines and testing laboratories around the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany and Australia. All current versions of Spyware Doctor have won Editors' Choice awards from PC Magazine in United States. In addition, after leading the market in 2005, Spyware Doctor was awarded the prestigious Best of the Year at the end of 2005.

Spyware Doctor continues to be awarded the highest honors by many of the worlds leading PC publications such as PC Pro, PC Plus, PC Authority, PC Utilities, PC Advisor, PC Choice, Microdatorn, PC Answers Magazine plus number of reputable 5-star ratings including CNET's Download.com and Tucows.

Note : If you are choosing Anti-Spyware make sure you choose one that is proven and has genuine awards from one or more world leading research labs such a PC Magazine, PC World, CNET, PC Pro Magazine, PC Authority, PC Answers and other trusted labs. More importantly do not use ratings from unknown review websites, as often these are designed to mislead you into purchase of affiliated, inferior or rogue product."

Monday, January 22, 2007

How To Use Spyware Elimination Software

How To Use Spyware Elimination Software by John Pawlett


Spyware elimination software is designed to detect and eliminate. A large number of software products are available. Some of them are available as freeware and some as shareware. Shareware can be used for a specified period, usually 30 days.

One must evaluate and compare the features of different spyware elimination software products before selecting one. Some of the features of an effective elimination software product are: It should give a list of detected, to enable users to allow them to decide, about which ones they want to delete.

* Auto update ensures that the software automatically downloads the latest definition file. * Auto scheduling means that the system is scanned for spyware at defined intervals automatically. * The "undo" facility allows the user to remedy accidental deletion of useful files. * The product should provide real-time protection. It should prevent installation, instead of just deleting it when it is detected. * The software should be effective in detecting and deleting, the different types. * The product should be easy to download, install, navigate and use. * Product support ensures that there is someone you can call or e-mail, whenever you have a problem. * The right spyware elimination software will ensure your privacy and keep your computer free of advertisements.

Some of the most popular spyware elimination software products are: Eliminator, Doctor, MS AntiSpyware, McAfee, Pest Patrol, Spy Sweeper, Counterspy, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy etc.

The most popular personal firewalls include McAfee Firewall, Norman Firewall, Windows Firewall, Surf Secret, Sygate Firewall, Zone Alarm, Outpost Pro, and Norton Firewall etc.

Spyware Eliminator Spyware Eliminator is one of the most popular spyware elimination software products. It also provides you with anti-virus and anti-Spam capability and prevents malicious software from entering your PC.

It gives users specific threat recommendations and its consumer ware facility identifies legitimate ad ware companies and their software. The user then has the option to delete this software or to keep it. Spyware Eliminator is particularly effective in dealing with cleverly concealed, self re-generating spyware and adware.

Spywares are known by many names such as adware, trojans, malware, browser hijackers etc. The thing they all have in common is that they will transmit your personal information to companies and individuals who have an interest in knowing about your surfing habits, online purchases, credit worthiness, interests, web searchs, chats, birth date and even your credit card number. The list goes on and on, since Spywares are constructed by promotional companies who need to know as much as possible about the online consumers to target them effectively. By ewes dropping on you online, these companies hope to be more successful when sending out promotional materials.

About the Author

free anti spyware runs an informative Spyware site that looks into all aspects of Spyware from how it gets onto your computer to getting rid of it. To find out more visit Spyware

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ad-Aware SE Personal - Free Download!

Ad-Aware SE Personal - Free Download!: "Ad-Aware SE Personal remains the most popular free anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. The free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identify theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers."

Downloads - The home of Spybot-S&D!

Downloads - The home of Spybot-S&D!: "Spybot-S&D has long grown a full-time job for me and causes quite a lot of work for our volunteers. I'm working hard and it's great fun to do it. Of course all the infrastructure we use causes costs, and I've got to live on something, but at the same time I believe in free software. Therefore I decided to keep Spybot-S&D free and give you the freedom to decide if and how much it is worth to you.

If you can spare a few bucks, please donate to our cause. This is purely voluntary though - if you do not donate, you won't get less support from us."

Friday, January 19, 2007

Spyware - Is Your Computer Safe?

Spyware - Is Your Computer Safe? by John Pawlett


Spyware is the virtual plague of the new Millenium. You no longer have to receive emails with viruses in them or even click on dangerous links on websites. Simply surfing the web can now leave you wide open to the scourge of spyware. You may also hear spyware referred to as malware.

What is spyware? Spyware is when a program is placed on your PC without your consent. The most common way for this to happen is when you install a separate application such as a file sharing program or free download utility on your computer. The program you install also places some "extra" programs on your PC. These extra programs perform tasks from recording what websites you visit to popping up ads on your screen. More worrying are the spyware programs that record everything you type on your keyboard. That's right. Your most private instant messages, emails and chat room discussions can easily be stored and transmitted without your approval. Scary stuff!

Are there different types of spyware? There are many different classifications of spyware but the following are the most dangerous types:

Adware The most common type of spyware. These are small programs which sit on your computer waiting for you to go online. Once the adware detects that you're connected to the Internet it starts sending you popup, popover and popunder ads for anything from airline tickets to porn site membership. Not only that but information on your viewing habits is then sold on to marketing companies who will then send you more junk email and popup ads than you ever thought possible.

Browser Hijacker These are just plain annoying. These install themselves on your computer and change your default homepage and search engine to something else. Every time you start your web browser it will bring you to a page filled with ads, porn or other unwanted material. This interrupts your web browsing and is intensely annoying. Most browser hijackers are also data miners. A data mining program reports your web browsing habits to a central database. This information is then sold on to marketing companies.

Keyboard Logger These programs are designed for one thing - theft. When you log in to your online banking these can record your PIN number. When you check your private email account these programs can record your password. Keyboard loggers are potentially one of the most damaging pieces of spyware because of the potential financial dangers and theft of personal information.

Modem Hijacker Potentially the most costly spyware. Modem hijackers are also referred to as diallers. Diallers normally install themselves to your computer via a virus infection or from warez, mp3 or adult websites. A dialler is a small piece of software that will dial long distance, premium rate phone numbers when you're not at your PC. These phone numbers are normally for adult chat line services located in Russia, China, South America and the Phillipines. I have personally seen unlucky victims receive $2,000 bills for one month of telephone calls.

How do you remove spyware from your PC? Thankfully several responsible companies have made it their mission to help eradicate the menace of spyware. You'll need 2 - 3 programs to remove spyware from your PC. The first of these is Ad Aware which is a free download. The second application is Spybot Search and Destroy which is also a free download. Last but not least I'd recommend also getting yourself a copy of CrapCleaner 1.0. These applications can only remove the spyware already on your PC - they cannot protect your PC from being cluttered with new spyware.

How do you stop spyware infecting your PC? 1. Do not click on links offering free movies, competitions, prize draws, free software or anything that looks suspicious. If it looks like a dog, smells like a dog and walks like a dog... well it's a dog.

2. Install firewall software. This is absolutely critical for Broadband or Highspeed users. All computers connected to the Internet today should have firewall software installed - regardless of your connection speed.

3. Make sure your antivirus software is updated. Good antivirus software can find and delete the most harmful types of spyware.

About the Author

David Windsor runs an informative Spyware site that looks into all aspects of Spyware from how it gets to your computer to getting rid of it. To find out more visit Spyware Fact

Trojans and spyware 'dominated 2006' : Industry News : News : BCS

Trojans and spyware 'dominated 2006' : Industry News : News : BCS: "Trojans and spyware comprised more than half of all malicious code detected in 2006, according to one security firm.

PandaLabs said that it discovered adware and spyware to account for almost 40 per cent of total detections, with Trojans contributing 17 per cent of all malware.

The organisation said that the popularity of the internet has spurred hackers into creating more easily concealable methods of attack.

It also stated that diallers, backdoor Trojans, bots and worms also continued to plague users over the course of the year.

'Malware creators' intentions are clearer every day,' commented Mikel Perez, head of PandaLab's malware detection department.

'They have gone from competing for fame to trying to get rich through internet fraud.'

Meanwhile, IT Week recently reported research by Lightspeed Systems suggesting that some anti-virus products may be putting businesses at risk of attacks because they are failing to scan for active threats based on the internet."

Ten Facts You Need To Know About Spyware

Ten Facts You Need To Know About Spyware by Waiman Yau


Spyware is a type of software that acts to monitor your computer activity. It tracks what you do on your computer and traces your use of the internet - specifically what you enter onto your keyboard, like your passwords, and then sends this information to a remote server.

Spyware takes on many different forms. Its most famous form is adware, which is a type of software that basically sends dozens of advertisements and markets this onto your computer. They base marketing several products on what information these spyware has gathered from your internet activity. They track the websites you browse and then determine your interests and transmit this information to a website or a remote server, which will then process the ads that you will find popping into your computer screen.

Spyware like adware is a lot like computer a virus, it is harmful and very annoying. It can affect your computer system in a lot of ways:

* It causes instability of computer programs * It causes conflicts among the programs installed in your computer * It causes your computer to slow down * It allows pop-ups to interrupt you when you are browsing or working on your computer * It may pop-up ads that may include pornography

Below are ten more facts you need to know about Spyware:

1. Spyware is installed in your computer even without your knowing it. It can work its way inside your system without your even suspecting it is there.

2. Spyware are installed in your computer via other free software. There are usually bundled with these. Downloading games online, PC boosters and even so-called spyware removal software, come with spyware! So be decisive with the programs you download.

3. Spyware can significantly slow down your computer programs and even the speed of your internet. When your system starts to become sluggish, you can bet that a spyware is working its way into your programs, gathering information.

4. Spyware gathers information about you which can affect your security. Some unscrupulous individuals lurking on the internet may use this information against you.

5. Spyware can eat up your computer resources. If you wonder why some programs take longer to boot, this is maybe the reason why.

6. Spyware could allow hackers to take over your computer system by installing backdoors and access to your computer, without your knowledge.

7. Over 90% of computer systems get infected with spyware yearly

8. Most people resolve to reformat their system to rid of spyware. Doing this can be time-consuming and you may also lose not just valuable hours but also important data.

9. There are different kinds of spyware removal programs available for different types of spyware. Choose what you need carefully.

10. Spyware affects everyone, individuals or big businesses.

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Trojans and Spyware Account for 57% of Malicious Code Detected by Panda ActiveScan in 2006

Computing News :: Trojans and Spyware Account for 57% of Malicious Code Detected by Panda ActiveScan in 2006: "Trojans and Spyware Account for 57% of Malicious Code Detected by Panda ActiveScan in 2006

PandaLabs, Panda Software's malware detection laboratory, reports that Trojans and adware/spyware accounted for more than half of the malicious code detected in 2006 by Panda ActiveScan. The Internet has opened the door to creators of malicious code looking to profit from fraud and identity theft and Trojans and spyware are their favoured weapons, as they can be easily concealed on users' computers."

Spyware Study Shows Google Site Map, Stands Out

Spyware Study Shows Google Site Map, Stands Out: "Automated malware research firm, Prevx, recommends that search engine companies find better and faster ways to help security vendors expose new infections and make protection readily available to computer users.

One search engine technology that stood out during this research was Google's Beta Site Map Index project. Prevx researchers believe this technology has huge potential. But the volume and speed of new content which the Prevx research database exposes on a daily basis significantly out-strips Google's rate of spidering site mapped content, even on its fast setting. The Prevx database learns of more than 200,000 new executable programs and as many new files names every day. Frequently, 5 percent or more of these are associated with new or established infections."

Spyware And How To Protect Yourself From Being A Target

Spyware And How To Protect Yourself From Being A Target by Judy Howard


With so many users on the internet, it feels like open season by spyware. Acknowledging the problem and then taking a few simple steps to protect yourself ensures that you are less of a target. Spyware has become a big problem for computer users. They are programs that sit on a computer collecting sometimes sensitive data and net browsing habits.

Spyware programs can sneakily find their way onto a computer when free software is downloaded or when certain websites are visited. They can also be picked up through some peer to peer networks. Once on a computer, they can cause a nuisance by redirecting web searches, installing unwanted bookmarks or bombarding a computer user with pop up ads tailored to other search terms. It can also make computers slower and crash machines. And stored passwords can be stolen by malicious spyware. These are serious concerns for anyone concerned about online security.

According to a recent survey, 90% of PCs are infested with spyware. Each computer has on average nearly 30 spyware programs on them. And the Center for Democracy and Technology knows that there are hundreds of cases out there. Many experts would agree that a push for enforcing a new law is needed for online security.

Computer users are urged to regularly scan their machines with more than one anti-spyware program. It's always a good idea to use a combination of anti-spyware software. This means that one might recognize spyware that the other may have missed.

Laws to Protect the Consumer

U.S. law makers have voted to introduce harsher penalties for those who spread spyware on people's computers. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly for two bills which clamp down on spyware programs. The I-SPY Prevention Act of 2005 makes it an offence to access a computer without permission via spyware programs and introduces sentences of up to five years in prison for criminal activity. The SPY Act means that firms need a user's permission before installing programs onto their computers. The bills would also mean harsher penalties for those behind phishing scams.

Phishing scams are where cyber criminals direct people to spoof websites which look like official bank or e-commerce sites fooling them into giving away confidential information. The two bills now go to the Senate for further consideration. Consumers have a right to know and have a right to decide who has access to their highly personal information that spyware can collect. Although the moves by Congress are encouraging, there are still obstacles to preventing criminal use of spyware such as lack of global enforcement policies as well as the complex details involved in distinguishing different types of spyware.

From January 1 2005, California State introduced the Consumer Protection Against Spyware Act which banned the installation of software that takes control of another computer. Companies and websites also have to disclose whether they will install spyware under the Act.

A Few Simple Steps You Can Take to Staying Safe Online

1) Install anti-virus software. Using a combination of anti-spyware software means one might recognize spyware that the other may have missed.

2)Keep your anti-virus software up to date.

3)Install a personal firewall.

4)Use Windows updates to patch security holes.

5)Do not open e-mail messages that look suspicious.

6)Do not click on e-mail attachments you were not expecting.

By taking these few simple precautions, being online can be a much safer and more enjoyable experience. And total piece of mind.

© Copyright 2006 Judy Howard

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tips to Follow in Spyware Removal

Tips to Follow in Spyware Removal by Andrew Henderson


Depending on conditions, spyware removal can either be very effective or it can be a complete waste of time and resources. Here are some tips to make sure that your spyware removal can be done the right way:

1) Gather information - if you intend to go about spyware removal the right way, make sure that you have the right information to help you. You need to understand just how spyware works in order to learn how to properly eliminate it. How does gathering information help you?

a) Identifying the problem - by gathering information about the effects of certain spyware, you would be able to pinpoint exactly what is wrong in your system. This would help you go about the spyware removal more quickly.

Many people are confused when they experience problems with spyware in their system. In fact, some people would just choose to tolerate the various problems that they face with their software than take the effort to study the problem. However, by gathering information, you would be able to identify the problem you are facing faster, giving you more time to decide what to do about it.

b) Finding a solution - when you have enough information about the spyware, then you will have a better idea regarding how to eliminate it from your system. This is because gathering information about spyware also involves gathering information about how to properly get rid of it. This means that if you know enough about a certain type of spyware, you will also have the knowledge necessary for the Spyware Removal.

2) Get help - spyware removal is not a task that you should try to undertake on your own. This is especially true if you are not really experienced or trained in troubleshooting computers. Tinkering with your computers under these conditions could only cause more harm than good. When you find yourself confused and you do not know what to do, try to get some help.

A lot of help can be found on the internet. You may choose to try and contact a spyware removal company to help you with your problem. You could also choose to read some materials that could give you some pointers on how to go about spyware removal correctly. There is also the option of going to an online community and asking other people to help you with your spyware problem.

3) Maintain - people who manage to get rid of spyware often tendto feelprettyconfident about themselves. They tend to think that the process of spyware removal stops when the spyware infecting a computer system is removed. However, one should realize the fact that eliminating spyware does not stop at deletion. You must regularly check your system to make sure that no spyware gets in.

4) Read before you download - there are many people out there who think that the more tools you have, the better your internet surfing would be. However, you should realize that many "tools" offered for free download on the internet are actually packaged with spyware. This means that you should definitely be careful in downloading certain utilities like toolbars and the like.

These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when going about spyware removal. By making sure that you follow these tips, you should be able to remove all types of spyware from your system without too much effort.


About the Author

Andrew Henderson works from home full time and runs several websites. http://www.software-world-online.com/Spyware-Removal.html

Totally Free Spyware Removal

Totally Free Spyware Removal by Jeremiah Patton


The spyware is oftentimes integrated into the freewares. Freewares refer to the series of softwares that can be downloaded anytime and free of charge. They come as a package. It is like a buy one take one promo. It will be beneficial for you to start off with reading the user agreement of the program so that you will be unable to install those unwanted programs that tend to be malicious. Another mode wherein the spyware software can get into the mainstream of your computer network system is through the access of the sites whereas your browser contains security holes. Meaning, your browser can be prone to these unsafe ventures. It is important that before you click on a link, you first evaluate the website which you are to visit. By this, you may avoid the entry of spyware into your computer network system.

Here are effective ways that will help you detect whether your computer system is infected by a spyware software. Just look for these signs or symptoms and you can easily detect that a spyware is living inside your computer operating system.

The computer hangs, freezes, or slows down. It is because the spyware software eat up a lot of the memory resources that causes the computer to lock up and be sluggish.

You experience several annoying pop up ads which tend to be very uncontrollable. They just become too persistent that they keep flashing on the screen. These pop up ads continue to appear even if you do not pay attention to clicking the websites or links. There are even those that automatically come up whenever the windows are turned on.

You get to encounter a commandeered default homepage. It gets to mean that an unknown website or something which you haven't visited before comes out as a default homepage as soon as you start with your browser. It is not naturally the one that your settings have set up. As soon as you start typing another search engine, you get directed to another link.

As soon as you detect that a spyware software is present in your computer, delete it at once. Here are significant steps on the spyware removal.

Look into your task lists. The computer task list will let you see the programs which are presently running in your computer system. To do it, press CTRL+ALT+DEL. It is best that you familiarize yourself with the files which you keep on your computer because you will easily determine if there is a suspicious thing on the list. If there appears to be one, it can be a spyware software.

Clear your computer start up list. There are spyware that automatically start up. Run the msconfig. Do this by typing 'msconfig' in the Windows Run Command.

Check out the unfamiliar programs included in your program list. Do this by checking out the Programs Menu or the Add/Remove Programs which is under the Control Panel. Choose that which is unfamiliar to you and then uninstall them at once.

Get to install at least one or more than one anti spyware programs. The best spyware removal tool is that which totally blocks the entry of more spyware.

Manually remove the spyware that cannot be deleted by the spyware removal tool. There are really those hard-headed spyware programs and they can only be deleted manually.

Remember all these tips and you are on your way to saving yourself from the dangers posed by the spyware programs. You need not be a computer technician to eliminate the spyware!

About the Author

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

Spyware Removal Tips

Spyware Removal Tips by Jeremiah Patton


Depending on conditions, spyware removal can either be very effective or it can be a complete waste of time and resources. Here are some tips to make sure that your spyware removal can be done the right way:

1) Gather information - if you intend to go about spyware removal the right way, make sure that you have the right information to help you. You need to understand just how spyware works in order to learn how to properly eliminate it. How does gathering information help you?

a) Identifying the problem - by gathering information about the effects of certain spyware, you would be able to pinpoint exactly what is wrong in your system. This would help you go about the spyware removal more quickly.

Many people are confused when they experience problems with spyware in their system. In fact, some people would just choose to tolerate the various problems that they face with their software than take the effort to study the problem. However, by gathering information, you would be able to identify the problem you are facing faster, giving you more time to decide what to do about it.

b) Finding a solution - when you have enough information about the spyware, then you will have a better idea regarding how to eliminate it from your system. This is because gathering information about spyware also involves gathering information about how to properly get rid of it. This means that if you know enough about a certain type of spyware, you will also have the knowledge necessary to get rid of it.

2) Get help - spyware removal is not a task that you should try to undertake on your own. This is especially true if you are not really experienced or trained in troubleshooting computers. Tinkering with your computers under these conditions could only cause more harm than good. When you find yourself confused and you do not know what to do, try to get some help.

A lot of help can be found on the internet. You may choose to try and contact a spyware removal company to help you with your problem. You could also choose to read some materials that could give you some pointers on how to go about spyware removal correctly. There is also the option of going to an online community and asking other people to help you with your spyware problem.

3) Maintain - people who manage to get rid of spyware often tendto feelprettyconfident about themselves. They tend to think that the process of spyware removal stops when the spyware infecting a computer system is removed. However, one should realize the fact that eliminating spyware does not stop at deletion. You must regularly check your system to make sure that no spyware gets in.

4) Read before you download - there are many people out there who think that the more tools you have, the better your internet surfing would be. However, you should realize that many "tools" offered for free download on the internet are actually packaged with spyware. This means that you should definitely be careful in downloading certain utilities like toolbars and the like.

These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when going about spyware removal. By making sure that you follow these tips, you should be able to remove all types of spyware from your system without too much effort.

About the Author

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

Best Spyware Removal Programs

Best Spyware Removal Programs by Jeremiah Patton


Spyware is a software that is seldom installed in computer just by surfing on a website. Sometimes it quickly installs in your computer whenever you download free software from a website. Once installed, it sends users information about web activities or habits to its website. Thus, it gathers users information and be able to use its accounts and other private information.

Spyware is a threat to the computer users. It is another act of theft of personal information that violates the privacy of internet users. It is important for the internet users to have knowledge about this spyware to be able to avoid it. There are spyware removal softwares that can be downloaded in internet for free while some are paid.

Just be sure that it's really a spyware removal tool because some sites prompt you to install spyware removal tool but in fact, it is also a spyware. To avoid downloading spyware search for spyware removal software that can be downloaded to its official website and try free version.

Here are some of the spyware removal programs you can download:

1. Ad-Aware SE Personal. This is a spyware or adware removal tool that can be downloaded in internet for personal use in windows operating systems. It will scan your computer for malicious programs such as spyware. It will guide you to determine whether a program is a threat to your system and what does it do to your system. In just a matter of seconds it will delete the entire threatening program from your computer. Ad-Aware SE Personal and other version of Ad-Aware has been the most downloaded spyware removal program for the past year.

2. Spybot S+D. Spybot Search + Destroy is software that can remove and detect spyware programs of different types from your system. Spybot S+D is the most effective and popular spyware removal tool. Like Ad-Aware, Spybot S+D can also be used as a conjunction with other program because it detects and delete a bunch of spyware. This spyware removal program can be completely downloaded for free.

3. HiJack. This is spyware removal tool that will make a report of all the browser add-ons, start-up items and buttons to guide you in determining malicious items and then finally remove it. This tool functions like ms config and more thorough in finding spyware. Once you run this, it will present to you a list of unwanted files and programs found on your registry. Your computer will still work well if you delete all the files and programs detected by this software.

4. IE-SPYAD. Compared to other spyware removal tool IE-SPYAD is a type of registry files that merge or adds a long list of marketers, advertisers and spyware. It goes to the restricted site zones of the Internet Explorer and blocks those sites from being accessed. IE-SPYAD will open a certain program and will immediately terminate if it's a malicious one.

5. X-Cleaner. Like many other spyware removal program, X-Cleaner also perform Internet cache cleaning, cookie cleaning, scans lots of popular spyware programs and performs file shredding. Once the spyware programs were detected, you will select all the unwanted programs and then delete it. X-Cleaner can be downloaded for free with just limited features but there is also the professional version which gives a full support and added features.

About the Author

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Removal Of Spyware

Removal Of Spyware by Jeremiah Patton


You might have received all those cool pop-up advertisement, screensavers stuff in your computer. Cool isn't it? Well, it might be cool to have that stuff downloaded and installed in your computer but you'd better be careful there. That stuff could be one of the many spyware.

What really is spyware? Any malicious software that is designed to covertly gather user's personal information or intercepts the computer's operation without the user's consent is called spyware. There are misconceptions between spyware and adware. Adware is the term used to refer to any software which displays advertisement with or without user's consent. Spyware collects information and sends it out through a background internet connection without user's knowledge. There is a more malicious version of spyware that can try to intercept user's passwords or even credit card numbers. Spyware also silently tracks and gathers user's information and data for advertisement purposes. The functionality and form may differ depending on the intentions of the vendor.

How this spyware get installed in your computer? A common way to become a victim of spyware is to download peer-to-peer file sharing applications. There are freeware and shareware programs such as Limewire and GoZilla that has spyware. Unlike virus, spyware does not usually self-replicate. However, virus and spyware both exploit and infect computers for the same purpose which is for commercial gain.

Spyware exists as an independent executable programs which means it has an ability to read cookies, snoop other applications, monitor keystrokes or scan files on hard drive. It can even install other spyware without your knowledge. Spyware can affect the system performance and stability of your computer system such as, disk usage, can interfere network traffic which causes difficulty in connecting to the internet.

If your computer is infected with this spyware, how are you going to remove spyware and make sure no more spyware that can be installed in your computer? Spyware is a costly problem.

You can manually remove spyware but this can be very difficult and can be very complicated in searching for the hidden components that has been installed in your computer. Some of these programs got to great lengths to hide on user's system and you might still require assistance.

There are free Anti Spyware and Spyware removal programs that are designed to safely remove or block spyware. The two most popular anti spyware softwares are Lavasoft's Ad-ware and Spybot. These two have both gained their popularity as effective tool than can remove and intercept spyware. There are recently anti spyware programs that can help remove and protect your computer from spyware. These are the Spy Sweeper of WebRoot and X-cleaner from Xblock. There are also the earlier versions of these anti spyware programs such as, SpywareBlaster, GIANT Antispyware which has been recently acquired by Microsoft, PC Tools' Spyware Doctor and Anti-Spyware by Trend Micro.

There are also some released numbers of suspected fake anti spyware programs that does not remove installed spyware. These fake anti spyware are suspected to install spyware in your computer instead of removing them. If you have used any of these suspected fake anti-spyware programs it would be better if you rescan your computer for installed spyware using those reliable, credible and tested anti spyware that can really remove spyware.

Some used firewall and web proxies to block access to sites that are known to install spyware as an approach to blocking spyware. Other uses other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox.

Exchanging of vital information in the Internet is very common nowadays; as a result there are also malicious people that would try to steal this information for their own gain. It is best to combat yourself and your computer against them.

About the Author

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

Spyware Removal

Spyware Removal by Van Whitsett


To understand why you want to remove spyware, it is important to know exactly what spyware is and what is does. Spyware is a small program that is uploaded to your computer through contact with a website. This code was originally designed to track visitors to a particular site and find out were else they went.

This information was used by the website to tailor the advertising on their site to match the type of places their customers were already going. The program has had many changes over the years since its creation, the first of which was adware. Meaning that the program was used to place ads on your computer.

This is when the program started top change into something that was more dangerous to your computer. There were some adware that was minor and you would notice them on occasion but there were some that were far more noticeable. These would place so many ads on your computer that your computer would freeze up and crash.

The next evolution in the spyware program came when it started being used to transport Trojan Horse viruses. This is when a virus is placed inside a spyware program allowing it to enter your system undetected by your anti-virus program. This could cause a great deal of damage to your computer very quickly. The final evolution to the spyware program has come with the rise of identity theft. The personal information on your computer is the most valuable thing you have on it.

The spyware will gather all your username/password combinations and well as other important account information. Then it will return this information to the person that placed the spyware there to start with. This places your entire life at risk and not just your computer, so you can see why spyware removal is very important. To find out if you have any spyware on your system you can look for system slow down but if you wait till than you will have waited way too long.

Other ways of detecting spyware is by watching the harddrive light for unusual activity when you think it should not have activity. There is also the 'task manager' on Windows XP that will identify all the running processes on your computer. You will need to research each of these by going to Google to determine if they are rouge processes or not.

The best thing you can do if you spend any amount of time online is to have a regular scheduled time to run your spyware removal software. Spyware is so common these days that it is safe to assume that it is there and you need to remove it. Depending on the amount of sensitive information you have on your computer and the amount of sensitive work you do on your computer will determine the schedule. Some will do it after each web session and for some once a week is good enough. That is up to you but you need to be consistent in doing it.

About the Author

Van Whitsett has published a number of articles, both online and off. For more info on this topic, go to Spyware Removal

Download Free Spyware Removal Or Else

Download Free Spyware Removal Or Else by Jeremiah Patton


If you just love saving your downloads into your computer, there is a high probability that you also have downloaded spyware. Since you do not have any idea on the sources that these sites have, you are making your computer vulnerable to the hazards of spyware infestation.

Not to worry though. There is a way to stop an impending computer disaster. Over the Internet, you will an abundance of spyware removal programs and softwares. The good news is that you can download them for free just like your music or videos.

You are given the opportunity to try any one of the spyware removal that a lot of websites are offering now. Getting them for free will give you an idea about what their capabilities are. A lot of users have come to value these free downloads since it aids them in their decision making process.

Imagine not having a basic idea about what spyware removal to use. Upon going online, you saw one and decided to avail of some of the free download. When you have tested them on your computer, you notice that one works better than the rest. By that time, your decision will be made for you. You would certainly want to have that product present in your computer.

Below are some other tips that will guide you in your free spyware remover shopping.

1. Quick to download and install.

There are programs that are too complicated to download, not to mention, install. Not many people have the patience to figure out how to do it properly and easily. If you are one of these types of person, then you should opt for known for quick downloading and installation.

You will see this initially when you start downloading the program. If it lets you wait for some time that is other than normal, then you better not go through with it. Most free download of spyware removal are easily downloaded. It should take a minute or more of your time.

2. Easy operation.

Opt for one that you can operate easily. There are those that come with a tutorial on basic program operations. Make the most of this offer so you will not be left in the dark about what you should do.

You can also choose one that comes with automated settings. This way, it will not be necessary for you to check on and update them once in awhile. If you are the busy type, then you will not have that extra time needed in updating your program.

3. Availability of updates.

When you have already consumed the free download of spyware removal, it is time for you to upgrade to one that you can install in your computer. Look out for one that gives automatic and regular updates.

Updates are important since these will tell you about new information and features in the spyware business. Being aware of them will give you an idea about what to do next. It will keep you in touch with what is new and what is outdated already.

Take advantage of free download of spyware removal and see the benefits. Downloading one will not take as much as the time needed in downloading other types of files.

About the Author

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

Where to Find Free Spyware Removal

Where to Find Free Spyware Removal by Christopher Smith


The bad news is that spyware is everywhere on the internet and you could have it on your computer right now. The good news is there are free spy ware removal tools for your computer that are easy to find.

There are several programs available online that you can download that will assist in detecting and eradicating spyware from your computer. My personal favorite is download.com, which is a great and trusted source for software downloads. Simply choose from an array of free programs, download and install and you're on your way. Be sure to read the comments from previous users to help you decide which one to use.

What if you don't want to download an actual program to your computer to scan for spyware files? Well, you are in luck because there are sites out there that will help you out but those are much harder to find.

Free spyware removal sites generally are fronts. Many of these sites will scan your computer but you won't be able to remove them unless you download the program that they are promoting, usually at a cost. Some of these sites will even put spyware onto your computer to increase the numbers on your computer and make you think that you need the program much more desperately than you did a few moments earlier.

It is for this reason that you are much better off trying to find a program of your own to download and use at your own leisure. Most of these programs are small, easy to download and take up very little memory on your computer.

According to download.com, the best programs available are Spybot and Bazooka Adware. Both of these programs boast strong user reviews and features which will help knock out your spyware. Other great programs that I can recommend to readers out there would be Ad-Aware and Spyware Doctor.

Both of these programs are very well programmed to update automatically to protect you against the latest forms of spyware that have found their ways online. I have Spyware Doctor installed on my computer at this moment and I have yet to find a single complaint about it.

Naturally not all programs out there are going to be useful or even helpful to you. You should always do some checking on each program to find out what its pros and cons are. If you are still in doubt, check the publisher's site and really take a close look at the details of each program to find out if it's right for you.

If all else fails, ask around. Chances are you already know someone who can help you with your search for a good scanner and then you'll be on your way to safe surfing.

About the Author

Find out how to detect spyware before it infects your computer. Find out more at http://www.removespywaretoday.com

Spyware detection and removal

Spyware detection and removal by Steve McCormick


Adware or Spyware

Adware and Spyware can both result in the display of annoying adverts. However adware stops at simply doing this during the running of a sponsered program. It will only display adverts when this specific related program is running. Spyware on the other hand is more malicious! It is actually a program that is normally downloaded as part of another programs installation (normally freeware or P2P software) and runs in the background monitoring various user operations. These can be things such as key strokes, web sites visited and search terms entered. This has serious security implications such as password and credit card detail recording. These details are then uploaded to the spywares host. Even if this data is not security related, the spyware can add extra load on both the computer and the internet connection.

Top Tips for detecting Spyware

1. When you start your browser, the home page has mysteriously changed. You change it back manually, but before long you find that it has changed back again.

2. You get pop-up advertisements when your browser is not running or when your system is not even connected to the Internet, or you get pop-up ads that address you by name

3. You enter a search term in Internet Explorer's address bar and press Enter to start the search. Instead of your usual search site, an unfamiliar site handles the search.

4. A new item appears in your Favourites' list without your putting it there. No matter how many times you delete it, the item always reappears later.

5. Your system runs noticeably slower than it did before. If you're a Windows 2000/XP user, launching the Task Manager and clicking the Processes tab reveals that an unfamiliar process is using nearly 100 percent of available CPU cycles.

6. At a time when you're not doing anything online, the send or receive lights on your dial-up or broadband modem blink just as wildly as when you're downloading a file or surfing the Web. Or the network/modem icon in your system tray flashes rapidly even when you're not using the connection.

7. A search toolbar or other browser toolbar appears even though you didn't request or install it. Your attempts to remove it fail, or it comes back after removal.

8. And the final sign is: Everything appears to be normal. The most devious spyware doesn't leave traces you'd notice, so scan your system anyway.

If you think you have Spyware then you will need to install anti-spyware software which will detect and remove the problems. Remember this can be more than just a computer problem, you could end up as a victim of identity theft.

About the Author

Having spent many hours removing Spyware from clients computers I know how frustrating it is. If you want to know more about Anti-Spyware products and run some Free Trials try here http://www.adwarechoice.com.

Win the Fight Against Computer Hackers with Spyware Removal

Win the Fight Against Computer Hackers with Spyware Removal by Buzz Scott


Computers are an important aspect of many people's daily lives. It used to be that people used their computer at work or at the library if they wanted to use it. Today most homes have one or more computers in them. Most users could not imagine no longer having this tool to help them in their daily lives. Computers are for work, pleasure and productivity. Unfortunately though, there are hackers, crackers and hijackers out there looking to expose your vulnerabilities for their own gain.

Hackers can hack into your computer for their own means, crack your passwords and hijack your homepage or hard drive and steal your personal information. Programs such as Spyware can be downloaded secretly into your computer and spread through your machine to watch and report your every move. Those who are under the illusion that their computer is safe from hackers freely chat, send and receive pictures, have instant messaging conversations about the very personal details of their life and probably pay bills online or shop for things online with their credit cards.

The programs that may be lurking on your hard drive could be sending reports without your knowledge out into a hacker's e-mail account so that they can do many things including steal your identity.

Some hackers simply reset your homepage to a bunch of advertisements that they hope you will click on in order to earn them more money. Other programs disrupt your daily operations while your passwords and pin numbers are stolen or your family photos are downloaded to someone else's machine.

You can fight back with Spyware software. A package such as spyblaster can clean your system and help prevent new infections by updating itself to combat the new threats that spread like wildfire through cyberspace on a daily basis.

If you notice any unusual activities on your computer, you may be infected. Some symptoms of a Spyware infection are: -Slower than usual processes -Pop-up advertisements -A reset of your homepage to a different URL -Unusual errors

Running a trusted anti-spyware software package that continually protects your pc and your privacy is as important as shielding your password at the ATM machine. You want to be assured of your privacy and the only way to effectively do this is by shielding your computer against these types of threats. How do you know you can trust your anti-spyware software? Choose a software package that provides support on an on-going basis and avoid freeware packages. Many freeware or shareware spyware software packages are merely spyware themselves, masquerading as a fix for spyware. Dealing with a package that will support you with on-going definition updates is the best way to combat this continuing problem.

About the Author

Total Innovations, Inc. specializes software programs designed to solve computer users needs. The spyware removal software, www.emailspy.com & www.folderhider.com are a few of the most recent. See full details at: http://www.spyblaster.com

Spyware Removal Software Can be a Cheap Computer Fix

Spyware Removal Software Can be a Cheap Computer Fix by Buzz Scott


Cyberspace is, for some, a mysterious frontier full of unknowns. Some of those unknowns are wonderful things, tools to make your life easier or more entertaining. The Internet is a must have for most people in their homes and in their offices. Using the net can lead to awesome productivity for businesses. Using the net as an entertainment and research tool is also extremely popular among avid computer users. More and more individuals are using it for social networking too. Students use it for school related work, businesses use it to grow, people use it to entertain themselves and keep up on current events or for entertainment value and staying in touch with others. The Internet is a fabulous thing.

But unfortunately, the Internet is full of little programs that want to work their way into the background of your computer. These programs are referred to by many as Spyware, Adware, Malware or even Badware. Spyware can be used for a number of purposes and using an unprotected computer can lead to major problems for users.

Why should you use a program that you have to buy instead of downloading one of the many freeware programs out there? First of all, if you download a free trial, you have no idea how effective it will be. It may, in fact, be another Spyware program masquerading as an anti-spyware tool. This is a ploy by many spyware publishers, to further infect your system by posing as a solution to your problem.

Secondly, most freeware programs don't continuously update in the background to protect your system on an ongoing basis. Ensuring that you not only can get rid of the Spyware but stay rid of it is an important element in choosing the right tool to help.

Spyware can be frustrating to deal with and many individuals have gotten flustered enough that they've actually bought new computers out of the frustration of dealing with their slow systems, unaware that a simple and relatively inexpensive Spyware fighting program could've saved them hundreds or thousands of dollars in allowing their existing computer to do it's job for a few more years.

Spyware is frustrating, dangerous and intrusive. Arming your system with tools to protect you from spyware is as important as using antivirus on your computer and safeguarding your passwords. Don't let someone sneak into your computer and steal your information, blast spyware back out into cyberspace!

About the Author

Total Innovations, Inc. specializes in developing award winning software programs designed to solve computer users needs. The free spyware removal software (trial), www.emailspy.com & www.folderhider.com are a few of the most recent. See full details at: http://www.spyblaster.com

Learn the Spyware Removal Basic Tips!

Learn the Spyware Removal Basic Tips! by Dave Poon


Spyware is now a big threat to internet users. And getting enough spyware knowledge is the best defense. The first thing you need to do is to educate yourself how a spyware gets into your computer.

You also need to learn how and where to check for it. Then, be familiar with the basic spyware removal process by inspecting your tasklist or using spyware removal programs.

Spywares are often bundled on freewares (meaning softwares that can be downloaded for free). So, be careful when downloading free programs. You may want to read the complete user agreement to avoid installing unwanted programs. Another way that a spyware may get into your system is when you are accessing sites due to some security holes on a browser. It is recommended that you evaluate sites that you visit to avoid getting a spyware.

There are several ways to know if your computer is infected with the spyware. Here are the symptoms or signs :

Your computer runs slow or freezes up. Spywares tend to eat a lot of memory resources causing your computer to be sluggish and locking up.

You continually get pop up which may be uncontrollable. There are cases that pop ups will appear even if you are not accessing websites. There are some that may automatically appear upon Windows start up.

You have a hijacked default homepage. This means that whenever you launch your browser, an unknown default homepage will load which is not the one you have set on your Browser options or preferences. Then when you search for sites, it goes to another site than the one you are searching.

Bookmarks will list unknown adult-oriented or porn sites and casino or gamblings sites.

Spyware can be anywhere in your computer. However, there are several ways to check if your computer has one. And it is advisable that you remove it immediately once you found it.

Below are some basic tips on how to check and remove a spyware:

Check your tasklist.

Your tasklist will show you the programs currently running in your computer (to check your tasklist, press CTRL+ALT+DEL). If you are familiar with the files on your list, then you can easily determine which file is unwanted from the list. Then, it can be a spyware file.

Verify your start up list.

Since some spywares start automatically, then it is advisable to verify if your start up list contains a program, which you are not familiar with. You can do this by running msconfig (in the Windows Run Command, type 'msconfig').

Look for unfamiliar programs on your Program list.

You can do this by checking your Programs Menu or Add/Remove Programs under Control Panel. Select the programs or softwares which are not familiar to you and uninstall them.

Install one or two Anti Spyware programs.

There are antispyware programs that you can download and will help you remove a spyware from your computer. However, a good spyware removal tool is one that will also prevent a spyware from coming into your computer system. Do your research on the available antispyware programs and make a comparison.

Manually remove a spyware.

Remember that there are spyware, which cannot be removed by a spyware removal software but needs to be deleted manually. Look for spyware removal help sites that will provides steps in removing a specific spyware.

Please remember that the tips mentioned above should only be followed if you have enough computer knowledge (which means that you are a computer expert).

Otherwise, contact a computer technician or your computer vendor to further assist you in troubleshooting your computer problems.

About the Author

Dave Poon is an accomplished writer who specializes in the latest in Internet Safety. For more information regarding Spyware Removal please drop by at http://www.bye-bye-spam.com/

Spyware Removal Tools. Software Programs You Can't Live Without!

Spyware Removal Tools. Software Programs You Can't Live Without! by David Dorrough


You just purchased a brand new computer. You turn it on and discover how wonderful it is. It runs super fast, going from one page to another. Your surfing really is much faster now. Life is wonderful.

Fast forward a few months. Your brand new computer doesn't seem to be performing like it used to. It's now running very slowly and your hard drive seems to be making a lot of noise.

What's happened? There is a strong possibility that you have had some sort of spyware, adware, or malware installed on your computer. These unwanted programs can wreak havoc on your computer. Symptoms can vary. The number one symptom is that your computer is not nearly as fast as it used to be. Other symptoms can include the following: pop-ups are now appearing while you surf, strange icons appear on either your desktop or start up menu that you haven't seen before, your browser gets replaced for another, your mouse cursor seems to float across the page while at rest, your computer locks up frequently, and displays a lot of error codes, and you start receiving a lot of spam in your email.

These symptoms are just the beginning. Left unchecked, they will get worse. As annoying as these problems are, there is a more serious result that can occur if action isn't taken.

Spyware is basically a program that gets installed on your computer by advertising companies that want to monitor your surfing habits to assist them in their marketing efforts. However, a more serious form of spyware, called malware can get installed on your hard drive that can cause some really serious problems. One, malware can basically crash your computer, making it a necessity to erase everything on your PC and start over from scratch. This is not a fun task. I have had it happen to me and I lost a lot of important information during that process. There are also forms of spyware that can get installed on your PC that will allow a remote user to use your PC from a distance for all kinds of illegal activity such as child porn to spamming. If you find yourself in this situation, it will be difficult to prove your innocence.

Identity theft can also occur as a result of spyware, adware, and malware. Your banking information, credit card numbers, and passwords can get stolen.

So, the question arises, how do you prevent these events from happening?

The main activities that people do that exposes them to spyware are downloading files related to the following: Screensavers, music, PC games, movies, and pictures. So to start off with, I would avoid downloading anything from the Internet in those categories.

Be sure that you have a high quality firewall installed and have it set to either medium or medium high. If you set it to high, you will find that it won't let you perform a lot of activities on the Internet.

Change your passwords monthly on your online banking accounts, credit card accounts, email accounts, or any other sensitive accounts that you would not want anyone having access to.

Whenever you do sign into important accounts, always open up a new browser window to log-in and always be sure to log yourself out. You don't need your passwords floating out there in cyberspace.

Be sure that your virus program is set to receive automatic updates. The same thing goes with windows. Be sure it is set to receive automatic updates, also. The reason being is that important patches will be sent out as soon as their programmers find gaps in their programming that allows these activities to filter through their programming. Without these patches, you are leaving yourself wide open to attack.

It should go without saying that a high quality spyware removal program should be obtained. This will work in tandem with your main security program, such as McAfee or Norton. There are some free ones, like Ad Aware SE that can be obtained, however, in my experience, I have found that the free ones don't offer near the protection that the paid versions do. A high quality spyware removal program can detect the following: spyware, adware, malware, worms, viruses, and trojans. It will also alert you in real time before any of these unwanted programs are actually installed on your PC, allowing you to prevent the unwanted program from being installed in the first place. Another program that I would encourage you to purchase is a registry repair program. This one tool is invaluable as most of the damage done by spyware will wreak havoc on your windows registry.

Protecting your PC and preventing identity theft will be an ongoing battle. As the hackers develop new ways to cause trouble, spyware programmers have to find ways to battle back. The battle can be won as long as the right precautions are taken in your surfing habits and you have the right tools to address the problems.


About the Author

David Dorrough is a retired educator, having taught at several leading universities. Today, he is active as a free lance writer and Adsense Publisher. For more information on spyware and tools to remove them, visit the following site: www.what-spyware.com

The Malware Pandemic And What Spyware Removal Can Do For You

The Malware Pandemic And What Spyware Removal Can Do For You by Katerina Mitrou


Everyone has dealt with annoying computer problems at one time or another - from spyware to adware and everything in between - so how can you avoid these predicaments, and what is the best way to eradicate all types of malware and approach the process of spyware removal? How do you deal with something that seems to be taking over the online world and bogging down your enjoyment and use of the Internet?

First, before you can successfully deal with malware, you must know your enemy. Most people have direct experience with computer invasions, but don't understand the root causes of the problem and why their computer acts as a breeding ground for ads and other virtual nasties.

So what is malware, adware, and spyware? Who creates it and how does it end up on your computer? Basically, malware is a generic term used to describe any type of malicious software designed to infiltrate, destroy, disrupt, or damage the infected computer system without your knowledge or consent. Trojan horses, viruses, and worms fall under the category of 'malware.'

Spyware (software that infects a computer against the user's knowledge for the purpose of obtaining private information) can also be categorized as malware. Spyware may be set up to monitor your keystrokes, website visits, form submissions, e-mail addresses, passwords and bank account information.

Adware is a form of software that displays advertisements by bombarding you with pop-ups. Though seemingly innocuous, adware also poses risks to your privacy. The reason? Advertisers install adware on your system without your permission (just like spyware and any other kind of malware) and may track your online movements for the purpose of gathering marketing information so that ads can be targeted directly to you.

These unwanted programs, once on your computer, have the potential to spawn a whole slew of problems. For example, after becoming infected, you may notice an unwanted toolbar on your PC displaying ads, or in the case of browser hijackers, your homepage or favorites list may suddenly change to sites you don't recognize, replete with ads and paid links. A sign that adware specifically is installed on your system: an increasing amount of pop-ups that continually harass you with advertisements.

Other signs of infection include a slow running computer, search requests that get automatically redirected to another search engine, unexplained calls on your phone bill to 900 numbers, problems with security programs on your system, and difficulties with your modem's send and receive lights which may blink even when you aren't doing anything online.

How does malware latch onto your computer without your permission? Often, this type of malicious software stealth installs by drive-by-download or comes bundled with freeware. Or, you may unwittingly download it by clicking on a pop-up window or suspicious e-mail attachment.

Unfortunately, even if you're smart enough to stay away from spam attachments and never click on aggressive pop-up ads, there are other, more sneaky ways for malware to hitch a ride on your PC. For instance, rogue anti-spyware, anti-virus, and registry cleaning programs use Trojans to infect computers. Once these rogue programs are on your system, fake Windows system alerts or System Tray balloon pop-ups warn users of a virus or spyware infection, and scare people into purchasing a so-called anti-spyware product that contaminates your computer with the exact thing you were trying to avoid: malware.

Why it's important to fight malware

When it comes right down to it, malware impacts all of us. Businesses and individuals alike waste time and money ridding their computers of rampant pop-ups generated by adware and spyware. For many people, too much unwanted software hampers their online experience and endangers the prospect of the Internet's growth as a tool of communication.

Society as a whole should not tolerate the proliferation of malware across the Internet. It is an abuse of technology and violates the rights of citizens and businesses to keep their personal information private and out of the wrong hands. Many criminals use the technology to steal your private information, your identity, and your money. It's just not right.

The good news is that the more people who speak up and voice their concern about these issues, the more regulatory bodies such as the government and companies that combat spyware will do to eradicate the problem. We have the opportunity to make malware a thing of the past, especially as people learn more about it.

What is the government doing to stop malware?

In 2005 the Federal government enacted the I-Spy and Spy Acts as a way to fight against spyware. Specifically, the I-Spy Act (Internet Spyware Prevention Act) imposes stricter jail sentences and multi-million dollar fines on those convicted of distributing. The second SPY Act (Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act) also has stiffer penalties, and calls for more stringent policies regarding opt-in notices and consent agreements.

Although these acts are a step in the right direction, many believe they don't do enough to deal with the malware problem. One of the main concerns is that affiliate marketing is really at the heart of the issue. Companies and individuals spread adware across cyberspace trying to rake in the financial benefits. Even though adware is used for marketing purposes, it operates in the same manner as spyware, is just as invasive, and causes a lot of headaches for the average computer user. It's a very thin line that separates adware and spyware, and unfortunately, current legislation isn't designed to handle the complexities of the spyware/adware dilemma.

Another weakness is that the acts don't deal with the fact that companies producing spyware and adware are in the habit of opening frivolous lawsuits against the very businesses that create software designed to fight malware invasions. Until anti-spyware companies are given full freedom to eliminate malware threats, the I-Spy and Spy Acts won't have the strength to deal with what's causing the crisis in the first place.

How can technology control the problem?

The best way to cope with malware, in addition to exercising vigilance and caution while online, is to install anti-spyware software to detect and destroy unwanted programs on your computer. Popular firewall and anti-virus companies produce anti-spyware products - unfortunately, like the United Nations, these programs are too diplomatic and weak to truly protect your system from outside threats. For good anti-spyware software, you might want to consider products from lesser-known companies whose specialty is adware and spyware removal. More successful in attacking new variants of problematic malware, they are a better defense against the perils that lurk in the online world.

What can you do?

You may feel powerless in the face of malware, but there are steps you can take to stop the malware pandemic. First off: think globally, act locally. If you've experienced the negative consequences of a spyware infection, be proactive and write to your local senator explaining the impact malware has had on your enjoyment of the Internet, how it has wasted your time, and hindered your productivity.

Install and run a high-quality anti-spyware program. Keep on top of the game by setting up automatic scans and updates on a daily basis, just like you do with your anti-virus software. New variants are unleashed all the time, so it's extremely important to keep your system up-to-date so it can adequately deal with new threats and remove spyware as it appears.

If you become infected, take notes and capture relevant screenshots before removing the infection. Go one step further and write an official complaint letter to the businesses mentioned in the ads that pop up. It's a waste of time to contact the adware-maker or advertising agency because adware often lifts paid ads and listings from syndicated search engines and affiliate networks - this means most businesses are unaware they're paying to show up in adware programs.

By contacting the business directly, you have the chance to let them know their ads are showing up in adware displays. A reputable business will investigate your claim and remove their ads. This cuts into the revenue stream of the adware makers, so spread the word! Get the adware companies where it hurts the most and we'll be on our way to a spyware free tomorrow in no time.

Malware is a nuisance, it's invasive and a threat to your privacy. Defend your rights and take a stand against it. In addition to utilizing technology designed for spyware removal, let your voice be heard by putting pressure on the government to more effectively discourage the dissemination of malicious software and contacting businesses to let them know how you feel about the issue. Only when everyone affected by malware rises up against it will we move closer to abolishing it forever.

About the Author

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