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•Download free software only from sites you know and trust. It can be appealing to download free software like games, peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, customized toolbars, or other programs that may change or customize functioning of your computer. Be aware, however, that some of these free software applications bundle other software, including Spyware.
•Don’t install any software without knowing exactly what it is. Take time to read end-user license agreement (EULA) before downloading any software. If EULA is hard to find — or difficult to understand — think twice about installing software.
•Minimize “drive-by” downloads. Make sure your browser security setting is high enough to detect unauthorized downloads, for example, at least “Medium” setting for Internet Explorer. Keep your browser updated.
•Don’t click on any links within pop-up windows. If you do, you may install Spyware on your computer. Instead, close pop-up windows by clicking on “X” icon in title bar.
•Don’t click on links in spam that claim to offer anti-spyware software. Some software offered in spam actually installs Spyware.
•Install a personal firewall to stop uninvited users from accessing your computer. A firewall blocks unauthorized access to your computer and will alert you if Spyware already on your computer is sending information out.
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John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help UK homeowners find the best available loans via the www.directonlineloans.co.uk website.