Spyware Detector Guide
What's Your Infestation - Adware or Spyware
Spyware Detector And Protector Guide
While we can go on and on with Internet statistics or give you
some boring lecture on how to safely surf the Internet, we're
going to spare you the read and honestly get straight to what
What matters? Protecting yourself from potential online
threats such as credit card or identity theft matters.
Below we will briefly go over the differences between spyware and
adware, then show you how to spot an infection, and finally we will give you some great quick prevention tips.
Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions for we would be happy to assist you in removing any spyware nasties on your computer.
Spyware Detector Guide - Adware vs Spyware Compared
Displays ads on your computer.
Keeps track of non personally identifying activity in order
to serve you specific advertisements.
Requests your permission to be installed and clearly
identifies its purpose.
Gives you the ability to uninstall and completely remove all
traces of it from your system.
Stealthily monitors and reports activity on your computer.
Fails to disclose its full purpose in order to get you to
Tricks you to install it on your computer.
Does not give you a way to uninstall or fails to uninstall
completely leaving part of the software operational.
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sluggish response from your computer.
opening automatically when you start Windows.
appearing constantly when you're online.
browser's home page or default search engine being changed.
browser and program crashes.
New toolbars or
bookmarks appearing in your Internet browser.
Sites added to
your Internet browser's Trusted Sites or exceptions list.
Internet browser behaviour.
Blocked access to
sites, especially anti-virus or anti-spyware sites.
New programs in
the (system tray) down by the clock in the bottom right hand
Spyware Detector Guide - Prevention Tips
Do not use Internet Explorer. Use Mozilla Firefox instead.
Internet Explorer is more susceptible to spyware because of its
support for a scripting feature called ActiveX and additionally
it is tightly integrated into Windows. Go to my
Recommended Software page and follow the link to download
Firefox now if you haven't done so already.
Spyware Detector Tip: Sometimes a
website will require Internet Explorer's ActiveX capability.
In these cases make sure you completely trust the site before
proceeding to use Internet Explorer.
Use anti-virus software. There's no good reason to not use
one. If your reason happens to be money go to my
Recommended Software page now and check out AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition.
Make sure both the real-time protection and auto update option
is always turned on. This insures you get the real-time
protection you need to stop bugs in their tracks and that you
receive crucial virus definition files.
Spyware Detector Tip: Always remove
an existing anti-virus software before
installing a new one.
Tip 3: Use
more than one anti-spyware program. No anti-spyware
program is 100 percent effective in prevention or cleaning
ability. Like anti-virus software always keep each program updated,
especially before running full system scans. CounterSpy, Spyware Doctor,
and SpySweeper offer good real-time protection for a decent price.
If you prefer to go the free route like myself, I personally use
Windows Defender for my real-time protection and SpyBot-Search & Destroy for cleanup and regular
maintenance. See Recommended Software Page
Spyware Detector Tips: Enable real-time
protection on one anti-spyware software only so you don't bog
down your computer. Don't forget to run a full system
scan using each software at the minimum once a week or after any
high-risk online activities such as peer-to-peer file sharing.
safe online practices. Spyware will most likely originate
from your online activities, so pay special attention to this
tip. Below I will start out with Internet
Browser, email, and finally downloading best practices.
Spyware Detector Tip: Remember, spyware
will most likely originate online so pay special attention to
Always read links and dialog boxes
carefully before clicking anything.
Never click Close or Cancel in a
pop-up for spyware often disguise themselves to look like
legitimate Microsoft Windows error messages. Often these links
will actually install spyware so your best bet is to always
close pop-ups using the X in the top right-hand corner of
If you cannot close a suspicious pop-up, use Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the task manager
and then terminate Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox or
other browser depending on what you use.
Pay close attention to how questions are
worded online for you may be fooled into clicking Yes to an
install or sign up.
Make sure your Internet browser has it's pop-up blocker enabled.
Check for Internet browser updates at
the security settings of your
Internet browser just in case they have been modified. For example
in Internet Explorer make sure there are no suspicious
looking sites added to the Trusted Sites list.
Before you ever enter sensitive information online look for
the https:// prefix (note the 's' on the end) in the Web address and lock icon usually located in the
bottom right corner of the browser window notifying you that
the webpage is secure.
Watch for suspicious looking changes in
the way a
website appears. If it looks weird to you it doesn't
hurt to close the browser.
Never click links in any email that looks
to be spam.
Never click links to financial
institutions or log-in sites and instead open your Internet
browser manually and type the address in directly or use a
previously saved bookmark.
Never buy a product advertised in a spam
Setup a secondary Web-based email account and use it for all
Never open attachments from unknown
Scan all attachments for
viruses before you open them.
Establish a download policy for anyone
using your computer. This is especially important if
children or young people share the computer as game and file
sharing sites are major sources of spyware.
Do not use peer-to-peer file sharing programs such as Kazaa, Limewire,
or Bearshare, etc. If you absolutely must use file
sharing programs and can afford it you may want to setup
another standalone non-networked computer which contains no
financial or other personal information for this purpose.
Before downloading anything, always read
the software licence agreement (EULA) carefully and
Spyware Detector Guide - Conclusion
hope you find these tips helpful and we wish you the best of luck
with all your online adventures. If you feel there is anything
you want me to add to this page or you have specific questions,
remember don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks again.
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