What is it?
Spyware and adware are programs that are downloaded onto your computer usually without your knowledge. Certain free downloads (such as Kazaa) are bundled with spyware and by downloading them, you are installing spyware. Spyware and adware can also install themselves onto your computer simply by browsing the internet.
Typically spyware collects data about your computer usage and sends it back to marketing companies. Adware causes those annoying popup advertisements.
Spyware and adware usually affect your computer's performance by causing it to slow down and to display popups.
How do I remove it?
There are free tools that remove Spyware and adware. Many people have had success with them but use them at your own risk.
- Spyware Doctor - rated #1 in spyware removal is available with the Google Pack for free
- Adaware Personal SE - A free scaled down version is available from www.download.com
- Spybot Search & Destroy - A free program available from www.download.com
- Windows Defender - A free Microsoft product available from www.microsoft.com