Probably Today's Biggest Computer Problem You Suffer Without Knowing Your PC is Infected!
"The effects can be devastating...and very costly" "Probably biggest problem PC User's are experiencing right now"
PC runs very slowly for no apparent reason It is difficult to access Internet Bandwidth seems to be reduced Unwanted popup ads and often when you are not even surfing web Changed Internet Explorer home page, (known as Hijacking) Your PC is slowing down to a crawl.
Why You Should Fear Spyware
Personal information is collected from you without your knowledge or permission. Scary! Spyware collects information from you on a range of areas, from all Web sites you visit, to more sensitive information like user names and passwords and even banking details. Personal Information you would never give out if someone asked you for it! Spyware collects it covertly. The primary objective of Spyware is to steal information. Your 'personal' information!
Be aware, some Spyware may run unnoticed without any outward signs of infection. Do not be fooled. It could still mean you have a major problem! How does Spyware get onto your PC if you don't knowingly download it? Many PC user's ask this question. The answer is that if you or your teenage children download music from file-sharing programs, free games from certain sites, ring tones or other software programs from unknown sources -you can easily become infected with Spyware!
Spyware uses security holes in Windows Operating System, and many people are very surprised to hear that infection can occur without any actual conscious actions of your own. Do not confuse Spyware with virus's. Even if you have a virus checker this will not stop Spyware. It is a totally different threat. It is annoying. All you probably want to do is surf Internet as simply as possible. The proliferation of threatening attacks to your system make this more and more difficult, unless you have right set of tools in place to protect yourself.
How Do You Protect Yourself?
The best way to check for infection is to scan your machine with an effective program capable of protecting you. One thing you should be very aware of, are 'free' programs offering to solve such a problem. Unless they are recommended by a professional source, you should steer clear of such programs. It has been found that many 'free' programs simply add to your problems, by adding more Spyware or other malicious programs to your computer.