In my city, Port Saint Lucie, and all over the great state of Florida, say the words Spyware, Adware, or malware, and Business owners, along with any technically average Windows PC user, will shudder in horror. That’s because these programs not only are incredibly stubborn when you’re trying to remove them, but they often change administrator or security settings on your computer, Workstation, or Servers.
Such as what sites you allow trust or the settings in your HOST files. Spyware or adware, a malicious program that can add, change or remove values in the Windows registry allowing the program to fully install on the opening of Internet Explorer or Firefox or the next reboot of your computer repair, even after deleted if not obliterated.
Today’s spyware is more common than a virus for the average Windows user surfing the internet. Spyware has hundreds of successful ways to disable or infect your computer via all the common exploits or software bugs, like errors within the Windows operating system allowing spyware the use of your CPU cycles, to spam others, and to solicit your desktop to show you pop-ups for everything from pornography to other spyware programs that will claim to be able to remove the currently installed spyware or clean a virus from your computer, when in fact it can make it worse by installing more spyware.
Spyware can copy secure data from your desktop computer or PC and send it off to another country, or even somewhere else in our own country where a malicious hacker waits to sell or use your stolen data for anything from ID theft to pirating your Audio and or Video collection and posting it online. It is essential to remove spyware as soon as it’s detected, as you can see by all the harm it can cause besides just slowing down your computer and making its use a miserable experience.
The best path to take is to try stopping the spyware before it can fully take hold or control of your computer, server, or workstation if you already have some installed. If you have a clean spyware computer, follow the tips below to keep it that way. It is just as important to verify complete removal once you feel the spyware has been uninstalled to make sure it cannot reinstall on the next reboot and that your data is once again secure from theft of prying eyes. Simply put, Spyware is part of a big online business of data theft.
Forced marketing along with the fake software to remove the spyware for another 50 dollars, then they can go for your credit card info next if you are seeing a major slowdown in the functions of your windows desktop computer, you need to have the computer cleaned and probably a little spyware removal depending on your internet surfing habits and what you like to Google for. Worst case, you have to reinstall your Windows operating system and all programs, then copy your data over from a backup if you have one.
If you are not backing up, please allow me to introduce you to a great little program called Carbonite. Carbonite provides a great solution to the problem of backing up your home or office computer. Carbonite includes unlimited size online or off-site storage for your files at a very reasonable price of $59.99 or so per year. Not only do I recommend the program, but I have also used it myself for years. I was a beta tester and installed it on three of my home servers, protecting my data with off-site storage day and night.
I have personally witnessed this program save 4 companies from complete data loss due to the person in charge at that office not testing their backup tapes, a raid went bad in another, and they never complained about the error on the reboot of the server until it was too late, and one company who claimed they backed up to a
USB hard drive and said don’t worry about us, well they forgot for a year and had no back when their server got hit by lightning. Each of the companies listed was saved by the great little program for off-site backups called Carbonite. After the problem was repaired, in all cases, the software they lost was immediately downloaded to the new location and re-shared to the office, allowing them to get back to work.
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