Spyware is malicious software that collects
information about a user and is installed on a
computer without the user's informed consent.
Not to be confused with a virus.
There are many different types of spyware.
- is a type of spyware that collects
information about a user in order to
display targeted advertisments to the
Objects (BHOs) - is a plug-in for
Internet Explorer which helps developers
customize and control the browser.
HiJacker - is when a malicious application
adjusts your browser settings without
your concent. For example: your homepage
has changed to a search page, dangerous
sites have been mysteriously added to
your Favorites, questionable websites
are added to Internet Explorer's list
of Trusted Sites etc...
slower than normal computer? - Is
your computer having trouble performing routine
tasks? Has there been a sudden increase in
the amount of times your computer crashes?
Does your computer not start at all?
homepage has changed by itself? -
Has your homepage been hijacked? Does it open
to a search page that you did not specify?
pop-ups driving you crazy? - Do they
appear as soon as you turn on your computer?
Are they for adult websites? Some spyware
will bombard you with popups that aren't even
related to the website you are visiting.
browser settings have changed and you
can't change them back? - When you open
up Internet Explorer does it open to a search
page that you did not specify?
new browser toolbars installed - but
not by you? - Is there a mysterious toolbar
installed on your browser?
phone bill sky-rocketed - Do you
see charges on your phone bill for adult websites
or 1-900 numbers?
unexpected new or new icons in your system
tray? - Are there applications running
on your computer that you did not install?
Keep Microsoft Windows Up-To-Date
- with Windows Update. Microsoft often releases
software patches which you can download and
install to help prevent malicious software
from being installed on your PC. You can find
about Windows Update here
Stay away from questionable Websites!
- you know what I am talking about!