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Spyware applications can be bundled as a hidden component of freeware, shareware or file-swapping programs, such as free music or games downloaded from the Internet. Sometimes, it can come in through an e-mail message that brings the user to a Web site.
Some spyware simply attaches to a computer whenever it can, like during a quick Web site visit. Other kinds of spyware, though, will ask for permission to be installed on your computer, but that doesn't mean it can't be tricky about it. Spyware makers can display a user license agreement letting you know that if you download or use their service that spyware is part of the deal.
Remember, every time you visit a Web site, you are actually downloading files. Consumers must become more cynical to be better protected against unwanted spyware. Not all spyware is indeed unwanted. Some users are quite willing to have their computing activities tracked in exchange for free games, media players or browsers, loyalty programs and points.
It is designed to obtain information about computer users and their surfing behavior usually without their knowledge or consent. Spyware is potentially more harmful than Adware because it can record your keystrokes, history, passwords, credit card number and other confidential and private information. Besides spyware and Adware, computers can also be infected with my other internet parasites such as Win fixer 2005, viruses, Trojans, dialers, etc.
Consumers don't want to futz with different technologies for anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-pop-up, etc. They just want their computers to work. Therefore, standalone anti-spyware products should be a short-term market opportunity. Over time, vendors necessarily will have to provide integrated services that give consumers what they want (a working computer).
Free software, such as file-sharing applications, that are downloaded from the Internet may come with additional third-party software, which can slow your system's performance.
The more frequently you download software, the more often you should scan your system to detect and remove hidden spyware.