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The Difference of Adware, Spyware and Anti-virus
Adware, spyware and computer virus share some similarities, one of which
is that all three are major nuisances for computer users. Let's
differentiate the three.
Spyware is software that does not intentionally harm your computer. What
they do is that they create pathways wherein someone else aside from the
computer owner can communicate with the computer. Normally spywares record
the various types of web sites you visit which are later used by web
advertisers to allow them to send you unwanted emails and pop-ups.
This is why spyware are usually frowned upon and greatly avoided. They are
more intrusive than adware. Spyware have their own separate executable
programs which allow them to record your keystrokes, scan files on your
hard disks and look at other applications that you use including but not
limited to chat programs, cookies and Web browser settings.
The spyware then will send the information that it had gathered to the
spyware author. The agent will then use this information for advertising
and marketing purposes. They even sell the information to advertisers and
Adware, on the other hand, are more legitimate form of freeware. Similar
to spyware, adwares are advertising materials which are packaged into a
software or program and are installed automatically once that particular
program or software is added into the computer system. Some forms of
adware, on the other hand, download advertising contents as a particular
application is being utilized. It is quite unfortunate that most of the
adware programs take the form of spywares that is they track and report
user information to program authors.
Some signs of spyware infections include pop-up ads that seem to be not
related to the site you are viewing. More often than not, spyware pop-ups
are advertisements about adult contents. Also if you notice your computer
slowing down, there's a big chance that spywares and its other components
have found their way in your operating system. When the Windows desktop
also takes a longer time to load, its best to scan your computer for
possible spyware infections.
Meanwhile, viruses are destructive form of software. They were purely
designed and created for one purpose alone: to wreck havoc to your
computer. They destroy whatever they come in contact to and will initiate
self replication and infect as many components of the computer's operating
system or network as possible.
Nowadays, a lot of anti-virus software also provides spyware and adware
scanning and removal utilities. Some programs, however, are focused on
located and deleting or destroying spyware and adware programs. Whether is
an anti-virus software or a anti-spyware dedicated scanner, they both
search your computer and identify any spyware and virus installed on your
They then remove it as well as their components located in the system
registry among other places in your computer. It is therefore, good to
regularly update your virus or spyware scanner to ensure that your
computer is protected from the thousands of spyware and viruses in the
internet. Never be fooled from ads that claim that their products only
These adware maybe spyware in disguised and are just waiting to be
deployed for them to gather your information. Learn to setup firewall
systems and always block pop-up blockers to minimize computer infection
and ensure the security of all your computer files.
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