|How can you protect yourself and your computer?
We already have some sort of protection against common viruses that affect our computers on a day to day basis, but protection against Spyware and Adware is prove to be vital.
If you're worried about Spyware on your computer, here are some tips for dealing with this problem:
Authors who designs this software often go to considerable lengths to hide that their products may include Spyware. So check the fine small print of the license agreement before installing any freeware or shareware on to your computer.
You should get into the habit of uninstalling any software that you do not regularly use.
The most common Spyware applications include Gator (also known as GAIN), BonziBUDDY and Comet Cursor. These all include many freeware and shareware products. If any of the abovementioned programs are being used by you, your computer is probably infected with at least one Spyware tool.
You should be aware that Spyware programs are not viruses, so installing antivirus software does not fully protect your computer from Spyware.
Many Spyware programs are communicate through the same Internet port (80) as general Web traffic, thus making it very difficult to block data transmission using a firewall.
For as cheap as a few $ you can purchase an anti-Spyware programs that will protect you and your computer.