The net is full of software packages to prevent, clean and remove Spyware & Adware from you PC. Most of these packages cost a substantial amount of money to purchase and keep up to date. If you're anything like me, the last thing you need is another monthly subscription to pay.
So what to do then? Top sources all agree that Spyware & Adware are some of the leading causes of computer problems today, and they are right. An infected computer can become almost useless. Often times it is near impossible to remove all traces of the infection short of reinstalling your operating system again.
Subscription services and software packages are only one layer of defense against Spyware & Adware. These remedies are not always up to the task of providing complete protection, so there needs to be multiple layers, the first and most important one being an informed user.
Most Spyware & Adware infections can be prevented by having an understanding of the nature of these attacks, and staying up to date with new methods of exploitation. Keeping informed is not as difficult as you might think. Finding an up to date website that is easy to read and understand is key. Armed with the knowledge of what actions can lead to infections, your risk decreases exponentially.
So get informed and stay that way. You might be surprised how easy it is and the positive effect it will have on the overall security of your computer.
D. David Dugan is the president of DD&C (http://www.dugancom.com), an IT Consulting and Solution Providing Organization, and is personally involved in updating http://spyware.dugancom.com
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