Yet another clever little way of tricking you into installing spyware. Yes this heading is sometimes the real deal but other times it is merely an attempt at tricking you into clicking a button that will install spyware on your pc and infecting it.
Computers infected with spyware can cause serious problems. Not just for your pc’s performance but also the very real threat of identity theft. This is something that is continually on the increase these days and will the enemy concocting ever more ingenious ways of tricking you into giving away personal information, you must be ever more vigilant.
Once spyware has infected your pc, you will need to get rid of spyware before it does any real damage to your life and the best way to do that is with one of the major spyware and adware removal programs but until that happens, learn to spot some of the major ways in which spyware can infect your computer.
One of the classic tried and tested methods of spyware infection is to post as an urgent alert, the type that suddenly appears on your screen taking up virtually all of it.
It will have a large flashing message stating that such and such windows defender has detected a virus or spyware of adware and will perform a free scan. If you take a second to move your mouse over to the top right of the window, towards the button that allows you to close it.
You will notice that the pointer is still a hand; this indicates that the close button is ineffective and is in actual fact part of the active link to whatever insidious device is primed and waiting to infect your pc. If in doubt, do not click it, use the old alt/delete method to manually close programs, or windows. Half the time when you click the close buttons of these large flashing boxes, they will indeed close but by they the damage will have taken place and you will be infected.