Spyware is a broad category of malicious software designed to intercept or take partial control of a computer's operation without the informed consent of that machine's owner or legitimate user. Spyware differs from viruses and worms in that it does not usually self-replicate. Like many recent viruses, however, spyware - by design - exploits infected computers for commercial gain.
Spy ware has become more a problem than most common computer viruses. Spy ware and Adware have tripled in the threats compared to an common .exe virus. Anti Virus programs have all got good at detecting a virus however not all spy ware software has the process of catching spy ware and adware as well. Many of those spyware programs have a problem of false positive hits on non spyware cookies and such. And then those true spyware files that do infect some computer also alter your registry and not all anti spyware software will clean your registry of those illegal lines.
On line free spyware scanning is almost useless. They do little more than try and give a false high count of possible spyware and adware just to sell the software. I am very impressed with Aluria and its software for spyware. It gives very few false warnings of spyware and it will also automatically clean an infected registry with just a click of the mouse. Aluria Software also offers routine updates for new spyware and adware just as soon as they are identified. I have Aluria on 4 computers and from Windows 98SE and XP neither has shown any signs at all of any conflicts. Aluria is one of the only spyware/adware software programs that offer an actual tech support team for any problems you should encounter.
I have tried numerous other adware/spyware programs and I have to say this is the best I have personally found. I have recommended it to many friends and associates and not one regrets installing it. This is a free download that is the full version limited only in the length of time you can use it. I recommend you give it a try.
Spyware is similar to a Trojan horse in that users unwittingly install the product when they install something else. A common way to become a victim of spyware is to download certain peer-to-peer file swapping products that are available today. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet; however, it should be noted that the majority of shareware and freeware applications do not come with spyware. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.
Dennis Evans has been testing spyware programs for the past 2 years and has found great success in his research. Check my website about spyware and adware. http://spywaremasters.com/
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