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Spyware/Adware and Malware

Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user's interaction with the computer, without the user's informed consent.

Adware or advertising-supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.

Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. It is a portmanteau of the words "malicious" and "software". The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. Many normal computer users are however still unfamiliar with the term, and most never use it. Instead, "computer virus" is used in common parlance and often in the general media to describe all kinds of malware. Another term that has been recently coined for malware is badware, perhaps due to the anti-malware initiative Stopbadware or corruption of the term "malware".

So in laman terms essentially spyware is used by hackers etc to try and get something from your machine, it could be bank details or other passwords. Adware is used by advertisers to put ads on your machine so you don't have to be opening up web browsers to recieve pop-ups, this is very annoying to many users who pay billions each year to remove it. Finally malware is used by the hackers who enjoy just destroying things. They are the ones responsible for making the virus's and trojans that slow down machines and the web on a whole.

Remove spyware/adware/malware is a very difficult process, you need to first find out what you have and then attempt to remove it. The best method is to use appropriate software to scan your machine for anything and then to remove it.

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