Differences Between Spyware, Malware and Others

There are countless ways that your computer can be infected by harmful elements but the vast majority of them come down to the four usual suspects: Viruses, spam, malware, and spyware. Consider them the Four Horsemen of computer problems and keep in mind that some of them can overlap each other. No matter what, though, they’re dangerous and not to be taken lightly. But even the worst of these offenders can be prevented and avoided as long as you take the proverbial advice to “know thine enemy.” Luckily, that’s just what we’re going to do. Spyware Spyware is any program that is installed on your computer without your permission and meant to observe your internet use. If not taken care of, the spyware will just sit on your PC and track your data and statistics and send that information to remote sources. This type of dishonest spying is bad enough but it gets worse: Spyware bogs down your PC’s speed and causes an overall drop in performance power. To combat this, you’ll need an anti virus program that also has anti sypware capabilities. Malware Malware is actually a pretty broad category that includes many forms of spyware, adware, toolbars, and more. It often infects your computer by secretly bundling itself with a download on the internet, typically on music sharing sites. As with spyware, you’ll need a dedicated anti malware program included in your antivirus software if you want to keep yourself fully protected. Malware is difficult to detect when just scanning for regular viruses and if you don’t take care of the problem early the malware can start...

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