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Spyware Is A Hidden Threat.

While spam is generally seen as a daily nuisance, spyware is a hidden threat that is usually more difficult to detect and even harder to remove. Spyware typically invades your computer as a hidden component of software that you've knowingly downloaded from the Internet. While you may think you're simply downloading a free software program or song, you may be getting more than you bargained for in the form of a trojan or virus.

What does spyware do? It performs a variety of activities, such as collecting your personal information, changing the configuration of your computer, directing you to a new home page, subjecting you to unwanted advertising, and generally slowing down your computer system. The common denominator is that spyware infects your computer and performs these tasks without your consent.

Not only is it invasive and damaging, spyware makes it extremely hard to return your computer settings to your original preference and is often difficult to remove from computer systems. The antispyware industry is booming, and many products are available to help remove or disable existing spyware on computers, in addition to preventing it from being installed. Antispyware programs, such as Norton Internet Security and Spy Sweeper are popular, and your local solution provider will likely have his or her own personal favorite.

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