Spyware is a broad category of malicious software intended to intercept or take partial control of a computer's operation without the user's informed consent. While the term taken literally suggests software that surreptitiously monitors the user, it has come to refer more broadly to software that subverts the computer's operation for the benefit of a third party.

Spyware differs from viruses and worms in that it does not usually self-replicate. Like many recent viruses, spyware is designed to exploit infected computers for commercial gain. Typical tactics furthering this goal include delivery of unsolicited pop-up advertisements; theft of personal information (including financial information such as credit card numbers); monitoring of Web-browsing activity for marketing purposes; or routing of HTTP requests to advertising sites. In some cases, spyware may be used to verify compliance with a software license agreement (or EULA).

How can you know if there are spyware programs in your computer?

  • Your home page has been changed, and you get a search page or an error on the page.
  • Pop-up windows show up, even without being connected or having your browser open. Most of the themes of the pop-ups are pornographic.
  • Search bars appear and cannot be eliminated.
  • Buttons appear in your tool bar and cannot be eliminated.
  • Surfing the web becomes slower every day.

How can you eliminate spyware programs from your computer?

Specialized programs exist to eliminate spyware. Also, the most well known antivirus programs already offer the possibility of detecting and eliminating syware programs

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