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Antispyware or Spyware?

by Kwan H Lo


Spyware has become the most prominent computer security problem.  How do you choose the best antispyware software?  Beware of antispyware which installs spyware/adware to your computer.


Spyware is a hidden software program.  It is often used to monitor the browsing and shopping habits of computer users.  Spyware can also be a remote control program that steals confidential banking and personal information.


Spyware has quickly become the most prominent internet security problem.  According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, spyware infects more than 90% of home PCs.  Recent survey shows that spyware is also sneaking into the network of corporate computers.


Spyware is often coupled with free downloads, such as free music, game and software downloads.  Spyware may slow down computer, hijack homepage and create uncontrolled pop-up advertisements.  Some spyware programs can remain unnoticed, secretly gathering information from the computer.  Once installed, spyware is difficult to remove without the help of dedicated antispyware software. 


Due to the rise of spyware activity, antispyware software are in great demand these days.  But are these spyware removal tools the same?  Do they provide the security consumers need?


There are many reports that some antispyware programs installed their own spyware and adware to the computer.  One consumer was quoted saying "It's a rip-off.  I downloaded the free trial of an antispyware program, only to find out that it added its own adware to my computer".  Other consumers have complained that the antispyware program they use cannot detect all spyware programs.  Some even slow down the computer and create pop-up advertisements.


Consumers should be aware that spyware removal tools that are heavily promoted by e-mail campaigns are not necessarily good programs.  Beware of the free downloads and free scans from unknown software publishers.   Their "antispyware" programs may as well be spyware programs themselves. 


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