Adware and Spyware Such a Pain
Spywares and adwares are not only annoying but more often than not tend to damage
your computer software and sometimes can even cause some damage to your hardware
too. These annoying bugs have become a bane for internet browsers worldwide. They
have become a normal occurrence that we sometimes tend to ignore but God forbid we
should never accept.
Spyware is computer software that spies on your internet usage. It collects highly
personal and confidential information like credit card numbers, IPs and even
addresses. The spyware program gets the credit card entries as the user logs them on
a web form or an online application. Some spyware are even programmed to record your
usage of the internet, what sites you visit, what files you download and how long
you stay online.
The information are then sent or sold to advertisers which make good use of them for
advertising campaigns that targets specific markets or audience. Usually, Spyware
records IP addresses and shopping habits covertly or without the knowledge or
consent of users. They do that in a number of ways. Some uses logging keystrokes to
get information while some access the documents found in your computer's hard disk.
The term spyware first came to use in 1995 but the adoption of its present meaning
came five years later. Spyware has been identified as the top security threats to
computers using the Microsoft Windows operating systems. And Internet Explorer users
were found to be the ones more susceptible to spyware attacks. Because of the
popularity of IE and Windows, spyware programs were created to specifically attack
and find its way from the internet into IE and into the important parts of the
Windows operating system.
The threats are real and that's why the anti-spyware industry is flourishing. For
every new spyware discovered, an anti-spyware program or update is created. These
anti-spyware products usually disable or remove the existing spyware from the user's