Malware (short for malicious software) is a common name for a number of internet threats
such are viruses, worms, Trojan horses, computer spyware, adware, crimeware and many other
categories of intrusive software. All of these categories are usually very small sets of
codes, different scripts or active content intended to hide in your system and perform
certain “invisible” tasks. These tasks are invisible to administrator and users and these
codes can be capable of downloading third party software. Some of them can be simply
annoying, some are capable of collecting your personal information and some of them can
even damage your operating system.
In order to keep your computer safe and secured from this threats you’ll need properly
configured operating system which will give you basic protection and optimized antivirus
for active and advanced protection. It’s also important to periodically download system
patches and security updates which will close potential holes in your system.
In this article we’ll explain more about spyware, a very dangerous type of malware capable
of collecting information of personal matter. Spyware is usually a small set of codes which
could reroute your internet traffic which could result in very slow and annoying web
session. Beside this, you could be charged with much more internet traffic then you
actually spent, thanks to invisible activity of this malware. When it comes to spyware and
adware removal, there are applications which actively scan for spyware on your system.
Besides this, many antiviruses could also scan for this type of malware.
Many users don’t really know the difference between spyware and adware. Term adware
refers to any software which displays different kinds of advertisements. These applications
can be user approved, because they are part of free programs and services. Many e-mail
clients, which are free of charge, come with advertising platform which help them with ad
revenue. There’s the other side of adware which is connected with malware. Those are
applications which are installed without users’ consent and they decrease internet
experience and everyday use of computer. Advertisements can pop-up, additional
software can be installed and your web addresses can be rerouted. These are the
malware and your antivirus should be capable of detecting and deleting them.
Spyware can even be connected to financial fraud, because this kind of malware actively
tracks your internet activity and everything you type while online. This way, information
about your accounts and credit card can be collected and delivered to main host. This is
actually one of the most dangerous internet threads which could endanger you financially.
This is why good antivirus is essential and this is what makes them always a good
For the end, there’s one important piece of advice to be given. While you can be very
protected and secured while you’re using your own computer, it’s always a high risk if
you’re surfing the web from public computer. So, use those public computer with great
caution and it’s best not to type any personal information while you’re online.