How to Keep Spyware Away?

Spyware is a kind of malware that gathers details about the computer users without them being aware of it. The users will not know that there is already a spyware in their computer system because the application is usually hidden. In general, spyware is setup secretly on the personal computer of the user. Often times, however, keyloggers are setup by the owner of a corporate, public or shared computer for the reason to monitor other users.

Though the spyware is a term that suggests program that monitor secretly the behavior of the user, the functionality of the program expands beyond simple monitoring. This software can gather different kinds of personal details like Internet browsing habits and websites that have been browsed. It can also obstruct the computer control of the user in a lot of ways like redirecting the activity of the Internet browser and installing extra programs. It is known to adjust the computer configurations that result in loss of Internet, functionality of other applications, different homepages, or slow speeds of the connection. In an attempt to expand the understanding about spyware, a more formal category of its added application kinds are captured under the privacy-invasive application term.

So... You got a new computer? Are you hesitant and troubled about all the spyware terrifying stories that you have been reading? You may have heard it is said that placing a computer that is unprotected on a high-speed internet connection results in having an infection within just a few minutes. You should at least have a router if you are on a high-speed Internet connection. A router gives a little protection, but is only the start. OK, so now, the equipment is booted up the very first time and ready to use.

Here are the steps you should do in order to stay away from the spyware:

  1. First, you must update Windows right away. In the Control Panel, there is a Windows Security Center, switch on the automatic download and installations for updates. But if the computer arrived with a third party firewall or security suite, just switch on the firewall of your respective operating system.
  2. You must also update the pre-installed other security applications and anti-virus programs. Configure them to auto update.
  3. You must download and install another Internet browser such as Opera or Firefox.
  4. You must lock down the IE browser. It must be done even if you are using another browser.
  5. You must install an anti-spyware application and switch on the active protection feature, if available.
  6. You could install IE-SPYAD which places almost 20 thousand famous dangerous domains in the restricted site zone of the Internet Explorer Web browser.

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