Spyware and Malware
Spyware is a type of computer program used for tracking consumers to better
aim advertising at specific targets. It can also be used to discover information
about individuals who do not protect their computers.
Malware is software that is designed to corrupt data or hard drives on
computers. Some malware can record every key you press, which may allow
the capture of your credit card numbers and banking information.
Spyware and malware can potentially harm your computer and make the
information it contains vulnerable to security risks.
Several indicators point to infection with spyware. Watch for:
Computer performance slows
Regular tasks take longer to complete
Your Web browser home page changes
Pop-ups appear even when you are not connected to the Internet
Preventing Spyware and Malware Infection
Several options are available to prevent spyware and malware from infecting
your computer. For example, you can use anti-spyware programs to secure,
check, and/or clean up your computer. Remember to ensure that your anti-
spyware program is always up to date.
obtaining free files on the Internet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
spyware and anti-malware software programs for Windows Vista,
visit the Microsoft Catalog at the Microsoft website (microsoft.com).
Accessing the Internet
Use trusted websites when downloading files. Be careful when
To learn more about compatible anti-