Q1. What is spyware?
Spyware is a software program that is designed to steal personal information and spy on a user’s online behavior. It can record keystrokes and monitor user behavior online through cookies.
Q2. Why is spyware dangerous?
Spyware can steal personal information such as credit card numbers, maiden names, social security numbers, etc., and pass it on to hackers. This information can very easily be misused. This is why spyware is very dangerous and strict precautions must be taken to protect yourself from spyware.
Q3. How does spyware infect computers?
Spyware applications often infect computers through other software to which they are connected. They are also spread through infected web pages, peer-to-peer networks and cracked software. Spyware is sometimes distributed through spyware removal tools that mimic genuine genuine software.
Q4. How do I know if my computer is infected with spyware?
If your computer slows down recently or you start seeing unwanted pop-ups, or if you see some unwanted programs running in Task Manager, your computer may be infected. You can check by installing an appropriate antispyware or antivirus program and running a full scan.
Q5. What is the difference between adware and spyware?
Adware is designed to show ads to the user, while spyware is designed to steal and transmit personal data to third parties. Advertising programs do not pose a security risk. In many cases, however, adware and spyware are linked together.
Q6. What should I do to protect myself from spyware?
There are many ways you can protect your computer from spyware infection:
# Install a suitable antivirus scanner. For example: Avira Antivirus.
# Install a suitable anti-spyware scanner. For example: Spyware Terminator or Spybot: Search and Destroy.
# Install a suitable firewall. Firewall software prevents unwanted programs from entering your computer from the Internet.
# Always download software from well-known sites such as Download.com
# Never download software from peer-to-peer networks and either warez sites or file sharing sites such as rapidshare or megaupload.
# Always scan files before opening them.
# Be careful with email attachments. Many virus programs and spyware are spread through attachments in the mail.
# Update your operating system regularly. Apply all security service packs, fixes, and updates. Also update your browser to the latest version.
Q7. Is it possible to manually delete spyware?
Yes. It is possible to manually delete spyware. However, this requires a lot of experience. Spyware can be removed manually using software called HijackThis. This software generates a log that contains information about the spyware. This can be used to determine which spyware has infected your system and what needs to be done to remove it.
Q8. Which spyware removal tool is the best?
This question has no definite answer. Different users have different opinions. However, we believe that SpywareTerminator and Spybot: Search and Destroy are the best free spyware removal tools.
Q9. Is it true that Apple Mac OS is more secure?
Yes, there is no known spyware, with a few exceptions that can attack and infect Mac OS X. This indicates that a Mac is more secure than a Windows-based computer.
Q10. Is there spyware for Linux?
No. Linux is much more secure than Windows. For this reason, Linux has almost no security issues such as spyware, worms, and viruses.