What is Spyware?
What is Spyware?by Answers 2000 Limited
Spyware is a type of malware (MALicious softWARE) that can take over your computer, and install itself without your knowledge or consent. It can get on your computer either through malicious web sites exploiting security bugs in your web browser to download and install the spyware, or by being bundled with software that you chose to install.
Most types of spyware gather at least some personal information about the user of the computer (hence the name SPYware). This usually includes information about your surfing habits, such as web sites visited, but in extreme cases has been known to include highly confidential information such as passwords - even passwords to Internet bank accounts! At the very least, somebody gathering information about you with your knowledge or consent, can leave you feeling violated. In the worst cases, there is a risk that you could become a victim of fraud.
The normal purpose of most (but not all) spyware is not to facilitate financial fraud against individual internet users, but instead is to generate revenue for the spyware's developer by displaying adverts. Each of the adverts may only generate a few pennies for the developer, but if many thousands of computers are infected, these pennies can add up to a very large amount. These adverts may not always be immediately obvious as being adverts, and often include one or more of the following:-
For more information about spyware please go to: http://www.guide2spyware.com/
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