What Is Adware?

Adware is a piece of software that resides on your computer which displays ads. This can be a legitimate way for software developers to recoup development costs - the email client Eurdora is a good example of this: After the trial period is over the user is offered the choice of continuing with either a free limited-feature version, an ad-sponsored full-feature version, or a paid, no-ad full-feature version. But adware is often used maliciously to serve up ads according to your web browsing behavior. In this sense it is spyware. Hello pop-up ads! Frequently Spyware is bundled with Adware.

What is Spyware?

Spyware is software placed on a user's computer without their consent. It is often used to monitor user behavior. Spyware can collect personal data. including credit card information. It can install other software. It can redirect your web browsing. It frequently leads to a slowing down of your computer. Spyware typically decieves a user into intstalling it by "piggy-backing" along with another piece of software. File-shared software is especially prone to this but web utilities are also frequently used to distribute Spyware. Some of the free Spyware removal softwares are actually rogue Spyware installers! If your computer has slowed to a crawl, it's highly likely that you've been infected with even hundereds of bits of malicious code. Spyware can be extremely difficult to remove. When you use a Spyware Removal product, make sure you follow the directions closely.

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