Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adware And Spyware Blocker

I want to tell you the story of a law school student whose thesis was about money laundering. She often used to Google the term to come up with a useful list of online references. This proved to be useful to her and the entire procedure of writing her manuscript became easier for it. After a few months, she came across several problems like being sent to a page which was totally unrelated to money laundering every time she entered that search term. 

At first, she thought it was just a hiccup in the Internet system and then she rationalized that maybe it was a difficulty with the search engine she is using, but the continual recurrence of the problem, made her consider that she had picked up a virus of some sort. We all detest people bugging us, but people we can ward of. 

What this law student was faced with was a computer bug that she could not ward off on her own. In the first place, she was not a technologically-savvy individual and in the second place she never used her laptop for anything other than academic research and the actual writing of her papers. 

The condition above is not an unusual example. There are many people who find themselves caught up in technological problems that are puzzling, but which can actually be described in two words: spyware and adware. The notorious term 'spyware' was first coined in the year 1995 but it was popularized in the year 2000. Spyware is computer software smuggled into a personal computer in order to access the personal data of the user. 

This is done by capturing your keystrokes, web browsing history and even scanning the user's hard drive. It may seem like something you see in James Bond movies, but that is wrong because anyone can become a target of spyware. Spyware can be utilized to spy on criminals because it is helpful to society, but how what about the use of spyware to intercept credit card details and the like? 

What people can do to guard themselves is to block spyware and other software like it such as adware and malware. This can be done quite easily by loading an adware and spyware blocker. The function of these blocking programs include removing or disabling existing spyware or to inhibit the installation of these malevolent programs. 

Spyware, adware and malware are not like viruses or worms that replicate themselves, but they cause just as much aggravation because they disturb your computer's activities. One of the most common problems caused by these programs is the slowing down of the computer which is really exasperating. 

In some infections, spyware is not even obvious as the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is best to have a blocker set up on your computer to avoid the infection in the first place. It is far easier to prevent than cure, and it is also far better to be safe than sorry 

No comments:

Post a Comment