Copyright 2005 Michael Murray
If you run any type of Internet business, Adware and Spyware can be a very serious issue. These programs hide themselves on your computer and do all sorts of annoying and potentially dangerous things.
Viruses spread on your PC. The good news is that Spyware applications usually stay put, much like a parasite. Spyware collects information about your messaging and browsing behavior and your online preferences with intent to sell it to online advertisers.
Adware is an application which shows advertisements on your PC, including banners and pop-ups. Some Adware programs also track usage behavior of application user without knowledge of that user.
If you find ads constantly appearing on your computer, your home page being changed repeatedly, mysterious toolbars appearing on your browser, a noticeably slower PC, or any other weird thing happening then chances are you have some form of Spyware or Adware on your PC.
It’s scary to know that you’re being “watched”, and that your private information that you assume is safe may actually be used against you. Adware/Spyware programs can enter your PC through email, instant messaging, or downloading files. It’s especially scary for Internet marketer, because we are constantly purchasing and downloading new products and services online.
If you let Adware pile up on your computer, things can get pretty ugly. It was getting to point where every time I opened my browser a search toolbar would appear on top (even though I kept uninstalling it) along with about 5 popup windows. I couldn’t get any work done without some kind of interruption every 2 minutes. Talk about annoying! And running virus software such as Norton didn’t help.