1 Jun 05
How to Eliminate Malware
Are you seeing tons of pop-up ads as you surf the internet lately? Have you noticed your computer getting slower? The most likely cause of both of these problems is malware.
Malware is a term used to describe a virus, trojan, adware, spyware, or any other malicious program. Trojans use your computer to attack other computers or to send spam email on behalf of advertisers. Adware and spyware watch your browsing habits and personal information and deliver unwanted advertising. Since Adware and spyware are the most common problems, I'll focus on them first. On Page 3, I'll cover malware and computer security more broadly.Adware is software that contains advertisements to make money for the people who wrote the program. Some adware programs open multiple pages that you don't want to view for every page that you do. Advertising pop-ups selling dream vacations, flashing banners asking you to punch a crazy monkey, and fake warnings about critical updates for your computer are all everyday tactics of these rogue programs. It can get so bad that the internet connection or your entire computer can become unusable.
Spyware goes a step further by collecting information about you and sending it to advertisers. This information can include things like the web sites you visit or the files you open. Some of it goes as far as attempting to discover bank accounts or credit card numbers and sending it to undisclosed recipients. In short, this is stuff you don't want on your computer.
In this guide, I will show you how to clean spyware and adware off your computer. I will also show you how to protect your computer and network from all forms of malware in the future. Finally, I'll show you how you can improve your surfing even more by using a web browser with more features and higher security than Internet Explorer.
Read on to find out how get control of malware:
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