What is spyware?
Spyware is defined (by the industry) as an application that runs on your computer and "watches" or "spys" on what you are doing on your computer. This can include where you surf, what your logins and passwords are, and other personal information that you may not want shared.
Often times Spyware applications transmit this data back to the companies server - you have no control of what happens to this information once it leaves your computer.
How do I know if I have spyware?
If your computer appears to "act" differently, runs slower than normal, and you start seeing pop-ups ads even when you are not surfing the Internet, chances are you may have some form of Adware or Spyware installed on your computer.
Are cookies spyware?
Cookies, which are a small text file stored on your computer, really should not be classified as spyware. They themselves cannot transmit any data as they are not applications. Cookies are used by other applications and web-sites to track your movement or remember logins and other information. Not all cookies are bad.
How do I get rid of spyware?
You should run a dedicated Spyware Scanner such as the Microsoft Anti-Spyware applications (free download from http://www.microsoft.com/spyware). You should also run an application that blocks new spyware from installing on your computer.
We recommend Super Ad Blocker which is an excellent Pop-Up and Spyware blocking application.