Do you need to protect your computer with anti-spyware remover software? How much of a risk does spyware pose to your computer?

The bad news is spyware is everywhere and your computer can easily be infected by simply browsing the internet or making downloads of various items. Some spyware simply records your internet browsing activity for the purpose of understanding your ‘likes and dislikes’… so advertising ‘relative’ to your habits can be sent your way.

Spyware can ‘see’ what you’re typing

The more threatening types of spyware log your keystrokes… so even your credit card numbers and ID particulars can be shared with others and misused. This is the number one fear for most people.

If your PC slows considerably and you suddenly see an epidemic of popup windows on your browser – or even on your desktop when you are not even browsing the internet – beware! Or if your browser starts giving strange results and doesn’t automatically go to Google or yahoo, or whichever search engine you normally use, it could be spyware has infected your computer and is deluging you with adverts and/or providing search results that have been tampered with.

Free anti-spyware remover software is just as good

Here’s the good news: you can get free anti-spyware remover software that provides good protection for your computer. Microsoft has its own called Windows Defender. Another is Ad-Aware, and the free virus scanner from AVG also contains an anti-spyware remover. So, before you reach for your wallet and shell out for one of the many anti-spyware programs you see advertised, try the freebies first. Just pop those names into your favourite search engine and download whatever one appeals.

The bad news? No anti-spyware remover is 100% efficient and able to catch everything. Most of these program are looking for pieces of code that ring alarm bells as they are identified with rogue software, a list of which is kept in a database. So the effectiveness of the anti-spyware remover is only as good as the database. New spyware code is being written and circulated all the time so there is bound to be a time lapse from when it starts to when it is identified and added to anti-spyware remover databases. Therein lies the risk.

The good news is you can reduce the threat considerably by just keeping in mind certain basic principles and tactics:

1. Run 2 or 3 anti-spyware remover programs regularly. As their respective databases will be different, what one misses another may catch.

2. Make sure you enable the firewall on your computer or buy a third party firewall for extra protection.

3. Your anti-spyware remover programs should be updated regularly (enable the automatic update feature) and also be sure to keep your Windows operating system updated with the security fixes provided by Microsoft.

4. An obvious protection but still worth re-stating: Never open emails you don’t recognize, or at least, never, never, never download or open attachments from senders you don’t know.

When it comes to anti-spyware remover programs, the bad news is… spyware can be very difficult to shut out completely as the landscape is changing all the time. The good news is… you can protect yourself reasonably well with free anti-spyware remover programs, common sense and an awareness of your computer’s performance so you immediately notice when things are ‘not quite right’. Don’t ignore it. Investigate and prevent your computer becoming a victim of spyware!

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Another article which delves into this subject further is: “Anti-Spyware: How Effective?” Take a few moments now to read it on this link: http://vitalstop.com/Spyware/anti-spyware-effectiveness.html

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