This section focuses on Spyware & Malware.
Spyware seems to much more of a problem these days than
trojans and normal virus', The term is used to describe a small
application that gets onto your computer and "spys" on what your
doing, it will look at what sites you visit amongst other things
and report the data back to the maker or popup ads based on what
it finds out.
Malware tends to be more damaging to your computer and tends
to alter settings and cause general announces where it can.
Having antivirus software is not enough to keep these
annoying applications at bay so I would recommend
Spybot to clear them away.
- Spybot -
Download this software for free, use the update feature
to ensure your definitions are up to date. Once this
is done, use the Immunise feature before doing a scan.
A handy program which comes included is Teatimer, it will
ask for confirmation before changing any system settings
although it can sometimes automatically block programs from
installing that are legitimate.