What Are Spyware Blockers?

by Barbara J. Feldman on December 10, 2009

Spyware is a type of software that can be installed onto virtually anyone’s computer system without them knowing it’s even there. Most spyware is generally harmless as it is used for advertising purposes, much like adware. There are, however, some types of spyware that can be potentially dangerous to computer and Internet users as it can literally find personal and private information on your computer and steal whatever it wants. Fortunately there are some very good spyware blockers available that can limit and virtually stop spyware from getting onto our computer systems before valuable information is stolen. This article will give more insight to how spyware can affect your computer system, what spyware blockers are, and how they can help keep your computer clean and safe from potentially dangerous spyware software.

How spyware affects your computer

As we have already said, spyware can be installed onto your computer without you even knowing it. As most is harmless, there are some types of spyware software that can be very dangerous and can pose a threat to your private information. Spyware can affect your computer system in several different ways.

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  1. he biggest and most common effect that spyware can have on a computer system is causing it to slow down. Spyware takes up a lot of resources and can bog down your computer system and any computer using extra resources is going to run slower. Spyware basically causes one big malfunctioning computer system.
  2. Spyware can also cause problems when users are trying to access the Internet. It can change browser settings and toolbars to browsers. It can also change user home page browser, which will most often lead to the spyware creators’ web site. In most cases these simple changes are almost difficult to change or reverse and will usually revert back to the spyware browser settings.
  3. Spyware can also affect your private data on computer files. While spyware can track online habits, web sites that you visit and gain access to credit card numbers and online passwords.

What are spyware blockers?

Spyware blockers are software that detects and removes spyware and adware from your computer. Spyware blockers can also prevent spyware and adware from being installed onto your computer in the first place. Generally firewalls are used to alert users when this type of software is trying to install itself onto the computer and will give the user a choice on whether or not they would like it installed or not.

How do spyware blockers help your computer?

Well, by using a firewall they can actually prevent spyware and adware form getting onto your computer before it happens; which means you don’t have to clean up messes that you don’t know about. Prevention is always the easier way to go when it comes to spyware, adware, and any kind of computer virus. If you can stop it from getting onto your computer you’re going to be much better off.

Spyware blockers can also remove spyware from your computer. There are several different software programs available to remove spyware and adware from your computer. Some of the programs are free and can be downloaded from the Internet, and other more serious anti-spyware programs have to be purchased but are generally more than worth the money you pay as they will not only remove the spyware but also install firewalls and anti-virus software, perform automatic scans and update the computer with new forms of protection.

So your quest should not only be to find out what spyware blockers are, but also to find out how they can really help your computer from keeping spyware and adware off of it or how they can remove it. After you know the affects of spyware on your computer and think you might be a victim then finding a good spyware blocker is the next step.

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Feldman, Barbara. "What Are Spyware Blockers?." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 10 Dec. 2009. Web. 17 Jul. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1453/what-are-spyware-blockers/ >.