Signs that your PC is infested with spyware and adware include annoying pop-up windows, a homepage that keeps on changing, icons that automatically appear on your desktop, slow PC performance – or worse yet, there may be no obvious signs that anything is wrong. That’s how spyware works, it installs itself quietly without your knowledge and records all of your PC activity online and even offline for hackers to see.
Together, spyware and adware account for over a thousand different types of malicious software (also known as malware) that can range from annoying (advertising pop-ups) to dangerous (browser hijackers, keyloggers).
These programs are planted all over the internet and are even disguised as innocent looking software. File sharing services are especially loaded with malware, where downloading music, pictures or video can severely harm your PC.
The First Step To Spyware & Adware Removal Is A Free Scan To Detect Its Presence
You will want to use software that can detect both spyware and adware, and that allows for a free download and scan so you can know what you are dealing with. Most spyware and adware cannot be removed manually and you will need the software to take it out for you. If the free system scan reveals that there is a spyware and adware problem you can decide if it is worth a small fee to have this privacy invading software removed.
Usually, with good software, you will get a yearly license that includes customer support via phone and internet, as well as good updates and unlimited usage during that time.