Since you're sitting there, reading this now, you are connected to the Internet. Today the Internet is like water to a fish. Completely necessary, but so incredibly ubiquitous that we don't even realize it until there is a problem. When it comes to the Internet, the biggest problems are spyware, adware and other malicious software programs that lurk just below the surface and wait to attack you, your computer, and your valuable data like a hungry shark going after a seal. In this article we'll figure out exactly what those software programs are, and more importantly, what to do about them.
The first is spyware. There are good kinds, and bad kinds of spyware. Of course, you likely can't think of any good ways to use spyware. But imagine that you are a boss at a big company where many people use company resources. You would lose money if they spent too much time goofing off, and didn't really spend time doing what they were supposed to be doing. So spyware in this case would simply be programs that are installed on all the machines that monitor your employees activities. This is natural, legal, and expected.
The other good way to use spyware would be if you were a parent who was worried about your child visiting certain web sites, or using certain forums and message board where they may be exposed to unsafe elements or people. In this case it might indeed be very wise to use spyware to ensure that you child isn't wandering into one of the many precarious areas of the Internet.
The bad kind of spyware, is the kind you likely have on your computer right now, as you are reading. There many different intentions that spyware comes with. Some are completely harmless, and can even enhance your browsing experience by remembering certain elements whenever you visit your favorite web page. This can save valuable time as your computer doesn't have to download the same information over and over again. Many others, are there not to help, but to do harm. They are there to create revenue, in form of advertising, for their creator.
This is where spyware and adware work hand in hand, and many times are the same program. Suppose some kind of software creator who is just starting out wants to give away some free software. He then realizes that if he puts in some kind of spyware/adware combination, he might make a little bit of money off of his free software offer. It seems harmless enough. The problem comes when you have so many of these programs on your computer that it slows down to a virtual crawl. This is when you need to do something about it. The next step toward the dark side of evilness is malicious software. These programs are designed to do nothing worm their way around the Internet and cause as much destruction as possible.
Of course, the best way to not only remove all the spyware, adware and malicious software you may already have installed on your computer and protect against further invasions is to find a good anti spyware adware program. These will quickly, easily and consistently find and remove software that doesn't belong, and keep your machine free from harm.