Is your browser behaving strangely of late? If the answer is yes, then you have likely been infected by a spyware or an adware program. Most of these programs are simply Browser Helper Objects or BHOs that run automatically every time the browser is clicked. These small program snippets help to track the web sites visited and send this data back to the web site owners. This might seem to be a good thing, but when you consider that these programs also collect personal information and sell it to online vendors or use for other malicious activities, then you will want to protect yourself. One way to do this is to use a spyware scanner to remove all these code snippets from your browser and the computer. But how do you know if you have been infected in the first place? Well, luckily we have Bruce Gordon from Pisys – a leading supplier of IT support in Aberdeen – to help explain what spyware is and how you can prevent it from ruining your day.
One of the surest ways to know that you have some form of spyware on your system is what is displayed the moment you open your browser. Spyware is easily able to hijack your browser and redirect your first web access to its own portal. Sometimes search results may also be redirected and make it very difficult to return the original home page. When such a situation arises, you need to use a spyware scanner to remove all traces of the program, in both the browser as well as the registry settings from where it is initiated. Depending on which browser is used, some spyware will redirect the visitor to a new location automatically using the Internet Information Service. These tools create pages and redirect the browser to the file sometimes without the user knowledge.
Browser pop ups are another common infection symptom for adware that are intended to increase web traffic and capture email addresses. These pop-ups are a great nuisance since they open above the requested web page. Sometimes spyware can make the computer unusually slow and in extreme cases, computer crashes may occur. Since spyware downloads programs without you ever being aware of it, most people are unaware that they have a spyware program running in the background. Use a spyware scanner to detect these behind-the-scenes programs and flash them out before they cause irreversible damage to your system.
Since spyware is sneaky, even your best efforts at reading symptoms may not be successful. Your computer may be running fine and you may not experience pop ups. The spyware may simply be waiting to steal your credit card information. A spyware scanner is the only way to protect yourself from these forms of malware.