07 September 2009

Spyware - Tips to Remove and Prevent such scammers

There are a lot of Computer users who don't even know little about "Spyware", "Adware", "Malware", "Hijackers", & many more. As they don't know much about such types of spyware, adware and malware, These harmful spywares get secretly installed on the user's personal computer without their knowledge and starts collecting information. The term Spyware certainly shows that it secretly monitors the user's behaviour and can led to a great risk. Below you will find some helpful tips to avoid all such scammers.

What is spyware?

Spware is a program that is embedded on the user's computer to monitor browser and taking notes of the websites which user visits. It also tries to collect various informations about that particular user and transmit it to advertisers or other interested parties. In other words, Spyware is an Internet language for Advertising Supported software (Adware). It is a way
for shareware authors to make money from a product, other than by selling it to the users. There are several large media companies that offer them to place banner ads in their products in exchange for a portion of the revenue from banner sales.

This way, you don't have to pay for the software and the developers are still getting paid. If you find the banners annoying, there is usually an option to remove them, by paying the regular licensing fee.

Known spywares:

There are thousands out there, new ones are added to the list everyday. But here are a few:
Alexa, Aureate/Radiate, BargainBuddy, ClickTillUWin, Conducent Timesink, Cydoor, Comet Cursor, eZula/KaZaa Toptext, Flashpoint/Flashtrack, Flyswat, Gator, GoHip, Hotbar, ISTbar, Lions Pride Enterprises/Blazing Logic/Trek Blue, Lop (C2Media), Mattel Brodcast, Morpheus, NewDotNet, Realplayer, Songspy, Xupiter, Web3000, WebHancer, Windows Messenger Service.

How to check if a program has spyware?

This is a little site that keeps a database of programs that are known to install spyware.
Check Here:http://www.spywareguide.com/product_search.php

If you would like to block pop-ups (IE Pop-ups), there are tons of different ways out there, but these are the two best, I think.

Try: Google Toolbar (http://toolbar.google.com/) This program is Free.
Try: AdMuncher (http://www.admuncher.com) This program is Shareware.

If you observe that your computer is infected with "spyware" and you want to remove it, then you can try these below"

Try: Lavasoft Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoft.com/) This program is Free. Ad-aware is a multi spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them. The included backup-manager lets you reinstall a backup, offers and multi language support.

Try: Spybot-S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/) This program is also free, It Detects and removes spyware of different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer. Blocks ActiveX downloads, tracking cookies and other threats. Over 10,000 detection files and entries. Provides detailed information about found problems.

If you would like to Avoid "spyware" being install on your computer, try the following

Try: SpywareBlaster 2.6.1 (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html) This program is a freeware. SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for so-called spyware, but prevents it from being installed in the first place. It achieves this by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls, and also prevents the installation of any of them via a webpage.

Try: XP-AntiSpy (http://www.xp-antispy.org/) This program is also a freeware. XP-AntiSpy is a small utility to quickly disable some built-in update and authentication features in WindowsXP that may rise security or privacy concerns in some people.

If you would like more Information about "spyware".

Check these sites.
http://www.spychecker.com/
http://www.cexx.org/adware.htm
http://www.thiefware.com/links/

Finally all these softwares will help you to remove and prevent evil spammers and spyware attacking your computer. I myself recommend getting "spywareblaster" " spybot" & "admuncher" to protect your computer. A weekly scan is also recommended on a regular basis. This will keep your computer clean and free from harmful spyware.

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