The majority of computers in American homes are infected with spyware (also known as adware). If you want to ensure that you're protected, you'll want to install some reliable security software on your computer. There are several great spyware removal tools available for download.
Spyware is software that installs itself on your computer and tracks your actions. It's similar to a computer virus in that it discretely gets on to your computer. However, unlikely destroying the files on your computer or otherwise leaving it inoperable (like a computer virus would), spyware simply lies low and watches you. It is really quite frightening.
Why would someone write a program like spyware? Your personal information is very valuable to other people. First and foremost, spyware tries to gather information about who you are and what you are interested in. It uses this to show you ads (often annoying pop-up ads, a pet peeve for most computer users) that are specifically-tailored to what it thinks you like.
Far scarier than the prospect of seeing ads is the fact that spyware can track every button that you press on your keyboard (this is called "keylogging"). This can be used to learn your passwords and gain access to your private data, such as financial accounts. As you can see, spyware can be even more damaging than a standard computer virus.
If you think that you have spyware software on your computer, it's important that you take the appropriate steps to remove it. Make sure that your antivirus software is up to date. Most good antivirus programs include spyware removers.
It's also a good idea to purchase a program that is specifically designed to remove spyware. Some of the programs that we recommend include:
Most spyware removal software sells for around $30. You don't need to go to a store to buy it – most programs can be downloaded. As new spyware is released on to the Internet, your spyware removal program will automatically update itself to be able to kill off the latest spyware.