Spyware is a program that causes your computer to run slowly, crash for no reason, and do strange and horrific things like shut off on its own. Some spyware can also hijack your browsers and desktop to the point where you have no control over your own machine. Its cruel intentions are to collect your personal data and destroy your computer. Because computers are pretty much a necessity in today’s lifestyle, having a spyware on your computer can be very devastating, especially if your work depends entirely on your computer. Anti-Spyware programs are great for removing those dreadful spyware, however there are effective ways to preventing spyware from ever landing on your computer. Here are some of my personal practices. I haven’t had a spyware for awhile.
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First I’d like to recommend a program that I’ve been using for years now; CCleaner. CCleaner stands for Crap Cleaner, and yes, it literally cleans out all that crap that accumulated on your computer. When you browse the internet, each sites that you visit leave cookies and temporary internet files. These files are meant to track your browsing data so when you return to those sites again, whatever you did previously will be stored. For example, if you were shopping and added some items to your cart, then the website would have that information stored. Unfortunately, some cookies are bad and comes in spyware form; they intend to track other things. CCleaner allows you to delete those files from your browser cache. CCleaner will also delete those temporary internet files on your computer. Temporary internet files are media files like java scripts and audio files that allows the website to load faster upon your return visit. It is stored on your hard drive taking up unnecessary space. Just like the cookies, spyware could attached itself onto these temporary files. Go to CCleaner.com to download your own copy.
If you are uncomfortable with downloading programs onto your computer then you could clear your cache manually by going to “tools” from your browser and then go to “options.” If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer; click on “delete cookies” then click on “delete files.” If you are using Firefox; then click the “privacy” tab. Find where it says, “You may want to…” It gives you the option of clearing your recent history or deleting individual cookies, go ahead and click on both of those.
Another precaution that I abide by is to question every links sent to you; even if the links are from friends and family members! There is something called a spam bot. This is when a spyware has got a hold of someone’s Email address or computer, presumably your friend or family’s computers. The bot will disguise itself and act as your friend. It will send out mass Emails to the contact list pretending to be your friend. For instance, you may get an Email from your friend John saying something like, “Hey, I saw you last night on you youtube! Check it out!” Then you would unknowingly click on that link, entering the trap of doom. So if you receive a surprise Email or message with a link even from a friend, I highly suggest you check with them first.
When you browse the web, you may also run into annoying pop ups. Even if you’ve got yourself a pop up blocker, some nasty ones will find its way through. It will come in the form of a warning message that says “Your computer has been infected with spyware!” It will ask you to click “okay” to fix the problem. In a state of panic, you click okay to fix the problem, but you unknowingly gotten yourself into trouble. When you clicked okay, instead of fixing your computer like it claimed to, instead it actually installed a spyware, commonly known as “trojan horse.” This is a downloader that will make your computer do things on its own. It will download malicious files, delete your files, and steal your files. When you see this dreadful message, DO NOT panic and DO NOT click “okay!” Instead, press control, alt, and delete to end task on all browsers or you could click the “X” on the top corner of that message box to cancel it out. Open CCleaner, run it, and let it delete cookies and temporary files from the site that attempted to install spyware onto your computer. Visit website: how to spy on my husbands cell phone without touching it
Besides CCleaner, I also recommend my favorite program; Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a powerful program designed to find malicious malware that other Anti-Spyware programs couldn’t find. According to Wikipedia, it has been praised by PC World magazine and CNet website. This is one of the tools that I used to destroy any spyware on my friend’s computer when they ask me to help them. It finds the malicious programs that their anti-spyware didn’t even pick up. Get your free copy at Malwarebytes.org.
To optimize your safe web browsing experience, I also recommend using FireFox explorer. This is entirely optional, if you prefer Internet Explorer or other browsers, then it’s up to you. I use Firefox because I like the security measures. Firefox will warn and block me from a potential bad website and it will warn me before a site is attempting to install bad things. While there are other precautions out there to safeguard your computer, these precautions worked for me. Remember to use your own judgment and be cautious of everything when it comes to the internet.