What You Should Know About Using and Installing Spyware Blockers

by Barbara J. Feldman on December 11, 2009

Spyware is computer software that is installed onto your personal computer generally without the user’s knowledge to either steal personal information or to monitor Internet habits and behavior, although it can extend far beyond this. Spyware can collect various types of personal information like Internet surfing habits and web sites you visit, as well as take control of a computer in several ways like installing software or redirecting browser activity. Here’s what you should know about using and installing spyware blockers to keep spyware from getting onto your computer in the first place.

Running anti-spyware software has become one of the most widely recognized elements of computer security today. With so much spyware out on in the Internet, computer and Internet users are taking action against it by using and installing spyware blockers to prevent their computer from becoming infected.

Installing and using anti-spyware

Just as we would protect our homes from intruders we can also protect our computer from being infected with spyware software by installing anti-spyware software. Let’s first talk about installing spyware blockers to protect against spyware. Since spyware programs allow outside viewers to access details of your web use you need to make sure that you find the right software to install and install it correctly. Anti-viral software usually comes with anti-spyware as part of the software you buy but there are so many choices. You can download several different anti-spyware software programs from the Internet which will take care of most simple forms of spyware and adware. If you’re simply having pop up problems but have not given out a credit card number then downloading a free program from the web might work for you. However if you have experienced any type of fraudulent activity or had personal information stolen you will need to buy an anti-software program that can totally remove the spyware from your computer. You can go into a local computer or home office store and tell them exactly what the problem is and they should be able to show you their choices in anti-spyware. Most if not all software programs will come with step by step instruction on how to install the software however if you’re unsure then it’s best to give customer support a call.

Installing and using pop up blockers

Pop ups were developed for advertising companies to help increase revenue for their companies. They are generally not a threat to the computer or yourself unless your information is sold to third party users, and even then it is unlikely that the information will be used for personal use. Most of the information that is taken is to help them specifically target your Internet habits and needs. Installing and using spyware blockers to keep pop ups from annoying you is one way to get rid of these annoying pop ups and adware software. Mozilla and Netscape are two types of software that can block annoying pop ups from infiltrating your computer. If you use Internet Explorer you can also use Google and Yahoo toolbars to block annoying pop up ads. To download the toolbar go to toolbar.google.com and click download. As pop ups open the toolbar will automatically block them. You also have the option to see certain pop up ads as well.

So there’s a little more about using and installing spyware blockers to keep spyware and annoying pop up ads from infecting and infiltrating your computer’s operating system.

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Feldman, Barbara. "What You Should Know About Using and Installing Spyware Blockers." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 11 Dec. 2009. Web. 22 Oct. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/630/what-you-should-know-about-using-and-installing-spyware-blockers/ >.