Spyware, what it is and what it does. Basically, spyware is a program put on your computer usually after you have downloaded some kind of program or went to a certain site. Once this program is on your computer, depending on what kind was put on, has the potential to monitor what you’re doing without you knowing it.
Besides having the ability to track your Internet surfing, it can also change the settings of your computer, and display unwanted advertising. Kinds of Spyware include, Adware, Malware, parasiteware, and other kinds of software.
A lot of these Spyware applications are bundled with other applications such as shareware and freeware, and as I said, you usually don’t know you have it. Some of these Internet pests have the ability to gather your e-mail address, passwords, and even private credit card numbers.
Many of these programs send the information it gathers information to third parties who in turn send you a lot of advertisements, hence the word Adware. This is also why you can get a tremendous amount of pop-ups.
The only real solution is to get a very good Anti-Spyware program. There are many of them on the market, and is well worth getting one. Once you have some kind of Spyware program, you’ll always have it and can run it anytime you please. Try to get one that’s reliable and has been on the market for some time. Most offer you a free initial scan of your computer, so take advantage of it. That’s basically what Spyware is all about.