What are spyware, adware, and browser-hijacking software?
Marketers use various types of aggressive software.
- Adware displays ads while you're online,
and tracks and reports your Internet habits.
- Spyware can report information to a third
party about your computer system without your knowledge.
- Browser-hijacking software slows down your
Internet connection, redirects you to advertisers, and
changes your settings.
- Do not confuse adware with adaware - Ad-aware
is an excellent program tool designed to help you
remove this type of advertising.
Preventing unwanted advertising
- To avoid adware, pay the licensing fee when
downloading software off the Internet.
- Carefully read licensing agreements before
installing free Internet utilities.
- Never click Yes on pop-up Security Warning
- Perform recommended updates to your operating
- Many of the more aggressive programs will try
to trick you into agreeing to install the software
with misleading language or fake buttons - read
- Install and regularly update an anti-virus program.
Removing spyware, adware, and hijacking software
- Use Windows' Add/Remove program to uninstall
- Use uninstall that may be present in the program
Super-aggressive spyware and hijacking software
usually require stronger measures and may require an
experience technician to remove. Contact Engineering
Concepts to arrange an on-site appointment.