Spring 2004 Informer Articles
Spy-ware, Ad-ware, Mal-ware: Is your computer infected?
You've probably heard the words before and even if not, you probably have some of these programs on your computer, running as you read this page. You may have the latest updates of your anti-virus program and you're sure that your computer is clean, but your computer is acting strangely and you don't know why.
The most likely culprits for strange computer behavior, especially involving the internet are programs called spy-ware, ad-ware and mal-ware. These programs are often installed when you visit web pages and when you download free software. Their main purpose: to gather information about your computer and how you use it to send out to companies so they know more about their potential customers. These programs or warez as they're sometimes called can cause many problems with your computer, making it frustrating to go online.
Some signs that you have spy-ware, ad-ware, or mal-ware on your computer :
Even if everything seems to be running just fine and you have none of these problems, it is still possible that your computer is infected.
Fortunately there are steps that can be taken. At Info Link, we recommend the use of Spybot S&D and Ad-aware. These programs are free for download and may be used separately or in conjunction to keep your computer free of warez and running smoothly. Both Spybot and Ad-aware work like anti-virus programs only they search for warez instead of viruses. They scan your system and remove any programs which should not be there.
There are several ways for you to get these programs :
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