What is Spyware?
Spyware is one of the most common forms of malicious software (malware). The software is installed on a personal computer to intercept or take control of the computer covertly, without the user's permission.
What can spyware do?
- Browsing and downloading software from the Internet is convenient, fun and safe, as long as uninvited software, or 'spyware', does not come with it. Spyware can be installed onto a personal computer in many ways i.e. downloading or installing software such as ActiveX applets, attachments from email etc.
- It can be used to collect and transmit personal or security information such as user names, passwords, email addresses, credit card numbers etc.
- It can install additional malware, redirect your web browser, access random websites (which may install more harmful viruses), cause 'pop-up' windows to appear etc.
- It can change computer settings, slow connection speeds to the Internet, create different home pages, and cause the loss of the Internet or other programs.
How to Protect against Spyware
- Popular anti-spyware software can help to protect your computer from spyware. Please ensure you keep your anti-spyware software up-to-date as this will help to increase your level of protection.
- If you are unsure about which anti-spyware package to use or how to install your chosen anti-spyware software please contact a computer expert for assistance.