One wonders where do these spywares come from and the answer to this question is that many of the computer programmers in the world make money by finding out what websites you visit, how much time you look at a certain page and what exactly do you use internet for. They sell this information to marketing companies telling them about your interests they find out while tracking you and those marketing companies can advertise about the products they might think you will be interested in.
They say prevention is better than cure. To help prevent getting adware/spyware kind of malicious softwares in your computer the following measures should be taken:
•A firewall should be used. Incase of a broadband connection a firewall should be kept activated at all times. Download firewall softwares from reliable websites to help prevent any spyware kind of softwares installing them into the computer.
•The firewall that is installed and being used in the computer should be checked for updates frequently as it downloads virus/spyware definitions from the website to detect and block new types of spywares.
•Keep your internet settings on high to avoid any spyware to come into your computer through browsing.
•Anti-spyware softwares should be installed for full protection.
•Most spyware kind of softwares install themselves on the computer when downloaded a file or during surfing the internet. Download softwares from a reliable website and browse on websites which have no pop up advertisements.
•Don’t click any links in the pop-up windows
•Don’t click on links in spam that claim to recommend anti-spyware kind of softwares.
•Regularly delete cookies from temporary files that you receive through browsing the internet as they might act as a spyware sometimes.
If after these precautions you still feel like your computer is acting weird. Then some of the signs that tells there is a spyware kind of mean software in your computer are:
•Pop-up advertisements all the time
•Settings of computer are changed by themselves and are impossible to change them back.
•Toolbars installed by themselves in the window of internet explorer without your knowing consent.
•Another spyware kind of damaging softwares slows down the computer. Your computer is slower than normal at performing routine tasks. Programs might close showing errors or crashing down of computer for no reason.
Now if you feel you have a spyware in your hard drive some of the tips that you can use to remove those spywares are given below:
•www.symantec.com is a great website to download removal tools. This website is safe, accurate and reliable.
•If an anti-spyware software detects a spyware kind in your computer and is unable to delete that file try deleting it yourself rather than leaving it.
•Go to run > type regedit and press ok. Search the names of the spyware kind found by the anti-spyware software and delete it from there. This is the best way to get rid of spywares as it allows the main file of the spyware to be deleted from the hard drive to prevent it from further infection.
Nowadays it’s hard to prevent yourself from viruses, adwares/spyware kind of destructive softwares as they are all over the internet. All you have to do is stay smart and safe.