Spyware & Adware

The best way to protect your computer against spyware and adware is to avoid installing any file-sharing programs known to contain adware and spyware, such as:

  • BearShare
  • BonziBUDDY
  • Gnutella
  • Go!Zilla
  • KaZaA and KaZaA Lite
  • LimeWire
  • Morpheus
  • Rapigator
  • Warez P2P

Spyware / Adware: Spyware is Internet jargon for any data collection program that secretly gathers information about you and relays it to advertisers and other interested parties. Adware usually displays banners or unwanted pop-up windows, but often includes spyware as well.

You can unknowingly install spyware when you install new software, most commonly freeware or shareware e.g., Limewire, BearShare, KaZaA, iMesh). Many of these programs are intended to track your Internet browsing habits, such as frequented sites and favorite downloads, then provide advertising companies with marketing data.

Some spyware/adware programs can adversely affect your computer's performance by "hijacking" your internet browser and constantly filling your screen with popups.

Unfortunately, you cannot fully remove most spyware and adware programs by using the uninstall option in the Windows Add or Remove Programs control panel. To completely remove spyware from your computer we recommend using the programs below

Spyware Removal Programs