Unless you’ve been on another planet for the past five or six years, you’ve certainly heard about Facts About Spyware and I hope you take precautions against the infection of your PC. But do you know that the precautions you take may not be effective for the protection of your PC? Here are my top ten facts about spyware – some of them can shock you!
1. The average home PC contains 30 spyware according to an audit carried out in 2006 by security company Webroot Software. The type of infections varies from the relatively harmless adware programs to malicious system monitors and Trojan horses. Adware programs are software installations that display advertisements. System monitors are much more malicious and follow the internet activity of a computer user and capture personal data. Trojan Horse is the name given to malicious software that, although harmless itself, paves the way for the installation of more malicious software. Webroot Software discovered that on average 30 spyware would contain at least 1 system monitor and 1 Trojan horse.
2. Your identity can be removed for criminals with a few mouse clicks. Spyware can collect and report all personal information about you, including credit card numbers, bank account details, usernames, and passwords. According to The Identity Theft Resource Center, 13.3 people in the US are victims of identity theft every minute. Although this is not all due to spyware, it is still a crazy idea that it can happen so easily if your PC is infected with this kind of malicious software.
3. Spyware can slow down your computer. Each computer has a limited amount of system resources. Each time a different piece of software is executed, the computer must always share its resources thinner. Malicious software infections result in longer start-up times and a general slowdown in PC performance.
4. Facts About Spyware is that it can drastically slow down your internet connection. Each internet connection has a limited amount of data that it can transfer at any time. All spyware communicates with the internet and uses part of your available internet communication. The more spyware, the more internet communication takes place and the less space on your internet connection is available for your own use.
5. Major facts about spyware are that Spyware can turn you into a ‘spammer’. Some spyware may download other software to your PC that can pass on spam. In some cases, this can lead to your Internet connection being completely blocked if your ISP (ISP) detects traces of Spam from you.
6. It’s possible for Spyware to be installed easily on your computer without you knowing. In some cases, only one piece of spyware can lead to much, much more because the first infection stealthily downloads and installs other malicious software in the background.
7. Spyware makes it possible for hackers to gain access and control your PC. Some versions install ‘backdoors’ on your PC that allow someone to connect to your PC from outside via the internet and get full control over their use. Your PC can then be turned into a ‘zombie’ that transmits spam, Trojan horses and computer viruses with millions at the same time.
8. Some spyware removal programs install spyware. Why would they do that? To hide their own spyware software. Think about it. installing the Anti-Spyware program is the best option to protect yourself from a spyware attack. The fake Anti-Spyware program wipes your PC for all spyware, except for its own secret list of allowed spy software. You think it does a great job and you feel safe when you use your PC while all that time secret spy software is sending spam or checking your use for personal information. See spywarewarrior.com for a list of fake spyware removal software.
9. The best Anti-Spyware program finds only 90% of Spyware. View the rating of Anti-Spyware software in a PC Magazine and you will see that none of them detect more than 90% and most cannot remove more than 80%. Do not be fooled into thinking that it is not worth using Anti-Spyware programs. Finally, 90% is a whole lot better than 0%, which would be the detection rate without the Anti-Spyware software.
10. Many computer users try to erase their PC and reinstall everything to remove their spyware system. Although this will do the trick, there is no protection against reinfection and it can be a waste of time or lead to the loss of important data. After the system is back in use, it may take only a few minutes before it is reinfected (see the BBC report “Honeypot” mentioned on my website).