• Spyware, Virus and Adware Differences

    by Jacky • March 26, 2008 • Computer Help • 0 Comments

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    Meanwhile, viruses are a destructive form of software. They were purely designed and created for one purpose alone: to crash and bust up your computer’s operating performance. Viruses want to destroy whatever they come in contact with like programs, files and other components on your computer. Many viruses will initiate self replication, make a copy of itself, and infect as many components of the computer’s operating system or network as possible. A virus can be included in e-mail attachments as well as suspicious downloads! Always know where your e-mail comes from and try to avoid downloading programs that you are not sure of! Signs of a virus infection can take many forms and some will be undetectable, like trojan viruses. It is necessary to maintain an anti-vrus program that protects the computer at all times, especially when browsing the internet and checking e-mail.

    Now, many anti-virus software also provides spyware and adware scanning and removal utilities included into one package. Some programs, however, are focused on specific tasks like locating, deleting and removing viruses only. Whereas, there are separate programs that are designed only for destroying spyware and adware programs only. Whether it is an anti-virus software or a anti-spyware dedicated scanner, in most cases, they both search your computer and identify any spyware and viruses installed on your system. They then remove it as well as their components located in the system registry among other places in your computer. It is a really good idea to regularly update your virus or spyware scanner, or make sure your automatic updates are scheduled to run regularly, to ensure that your computer is protected from the thousands of spyware and viruses in the internet. Never be fooled from ads that claim that their products only contain product links or adware! These types of adware maybe spyware in disguised and are just waiting to be deployed for them to gather your information.

    Finally, get a firewall program or learn to setup firewall systems on your computer and always block pop-up blockers to minimize computer infection and ensure maximum security of all your computer files.

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