Keep spies out in the cold
You can combat software a number of different ways. There is a lot that you can do on your own before you buy software to eliminate spyware. Some steps you might take are as follows:
- Keep your operating system and browser up to date.
- Use good applications. Were not supposed to say this, but Windows and other Microsoft applications (e.g. Internet Explorer) are more susceptible to breaches than other operating systems and web browsers. For example, Mozilla Firefox has automatic popup blocking that eliminates spyware risks before they materialize.
- Download software only from sites you trust . There are sites that give away things without asking anything. Informative .gov sites never use spyware. These are funded by tax dollars. Many sites lie, though, when they claim to be giving stuff away for free. Some are more aggressive than others. A site with lots of obnoxious, annoying ads will likely have no qualms with obnoxious, annoying adware.
- Read the end user agreement . If you thought this was a bunch of legal blather, think again. This is where they have to tell you what they are giving you. If this is hard to find, it may indicate a lack of willingness to make an agreement with you.
- don't click on popups . Some ads use top right hand corner xs that are phony. Go to your Windows (or other operating system) tool bar or system tray then right click on the icon for the suspect window; left click on close window.
Its almost inevitable that some spyware is going to filter through your best defenses. It is not a bad idea to get spyware removal software. Many of this is free (just be careful that free downloads are in fact not spyware themselves!) Others cost a nominal yearly fee that is likely to be well worth it.