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Spyware is a type of malware which collects information about users by installing itself in personal computers. The information various Spyware collects include keystrokes (also known as keylogging), documents, images and system information. Spyware can effectively collect as much data as it has been programmed to.
How do you get spyware?
There are various ways you can be infected by Spyware. Many users associate spyware with negative connotations although this is not always the case. For example, a PC monitoring tool which a parent may use to monitor the computer activity of their child could be considered as spyware, because the parent is effectively ‘spying’ on what their kids are doing. However, this is not the case as they are simply protecting their child from malicious and unnecessary content. There are several ways you can get a malicious form of spyware. Nowadays, you will find many reports about a type of spyware called rogue spyware. We will explain more about rogue spyware later.
#1 Freeware/Shareware: One of the most common ways in which a spyware infection spreads is through freeware or shareware. The free software applications which you download may be bundled without spyware and other forms of malware. These free applications can be passed on through Peer-to-peer sharing networks and websites. You are advised to stay away from programs like Limewire as there is no security system in place for files to be checked before being approved. You should also stay away from websites which offer free stuff unless you know they are official or genuine. For example, you should not access a website offering serial keys or warez files.
#2 Installing Codec: This is one of the recent methods which perpetrators use to install spyware on a victim’s computer. When you visit websites with multimedia content, you will need codecs in order to view them. A codec is a program which translates a digital or audio signal into visual content. An example of a codec would be DivX. Perpetrators will take advantage of this by offering to install the codec when the victim visits a bogus website. This fake codec would be bundled with a malicious code which installs spyware on the computer. You must always be wary of websites which provides videos and other multimedia content.
How do you stop spyware?
If you want your computer to stay spyware-free then you will need an application called spyware removal tools, they are also known as spyware blockers. These spyware blockers help you remove any existing infections and also prevent future spyware infections from occurring. A good spyware removal tool should have a real-time monitoring tool which inspects your computer at all times. They are designed to take minimal computer memory so they do not disrupt whatever the user is doing on the computer. You will also find many companies offering free spyware removal tools. There are actually many great ones available like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Some of them have a detection rate which is as good as a rate of a commercial spyware blocker. However, free spyware removal tools tend to not have important features like the real time protection system therefore it is essential that you buy the full version of a decent spyware blocker.
As explained earlier, rogue spyware is one of the most recent and most common tactics which perpetrators use to infect a victim’s computer. The aim is to get the victim to purchase the rogue spyware program. There are various ways in which they do so.
- Fake Scan alerts: You may get random scan alerts appearing on your screen. These prompts will attempt to scare you by stating that you have many spyware infections on your computer. Fake or unintentional spyware infections are also known as false positives. A system alert message could appear something along the lines of: “Windows has detected a spyware infection! It is recommended that you use special spyware blockers to prevent data loss. Click here to protect your computer.
- Deceiving appearances: Rogue spyware also tend to be designed so that they look genuine. On some occasions, rogue spyware have been designed to appear the same way as genuine spyware blockers like Spyware Doctor. It will be hard to differentiate a real and rogue spyware blocker if you solely judge them on their appearance.
- Pop up windows: Rogue spyware also tends to generate a lot of pop up windows to scare users even more. These pop up windows will contain adverts which leads to the ‘official’ website of the Rogue spyware. The adverts will try and convince you into thinking that the particular rogue spyware is the only solution in removing the fake spyware infections.