Spyware is software that is usually secretly installed on your
system without permission. It tracks your system usage activity and reports it
online to another party. Usually the information collected is not private
information, but information such as your Web viewing habits and so forth.
Still, you did not authorize this activity, and you don't want spyware!
Spyware can also "hijack" your system, causing annoying and unwanted popup
messages even when you never open your browser. It can also change your default
home page and add links to your favorites and desktop.
There are numerous spyware removal utilities such as As-Aware and Spybot, and
while these are reasonably effective tools at removing spyware they don't always
work. Contact us to clean your system of all traces of spyware!
Here is a quick FAQ on spyware:
Spyware is Internet jargon for Advertising Supported software (Adware).
It is a way for shareware authors to make money from a product, other than by
selling it to the users. There are several large media companies that offer them
to place banner ads in their products in exchange for a portion of the revenue
from banner sales. This way, you don't have to pay for the software and the
developers are still getting paid. If you find the banners annoying, there is
usually an option to remove them, by paying the regular licensing fee.
Why is it called "Spyware" ?
While this may be a great concept, the downside is that the advertising
companies also install additional tracking software on your system, which is
continuously "calling home", using your Internet connection and reports
statistical data to the "mothership". While according to the privacy policies of
the companies, there will be no sensitive or identifying data collected from
your system and you shall remain anonymous, it still remains the fact, that you
have a "live" server sitting on your PC that is sending information about you
and your surfing habits to a remote location.....
Are all Adware products "Spyware"?
No, but the majority are. There are also products that do display advertising
but do not install any tracking mechanism on your system. These products are not
indexed in our database.
Is Spyware illegal?
Even though the name may indicate so, Spyware is not an illegal type of software
in any way. However there are certain issues that a privacy oriented user may
object to and therefore prefer not to use the product. This usually involves the
tracking and sending of data and statistics via a server installed on the user's
PC and the use of your Internet connection in the background.
What's the hype about?
While legitimate adware companies will disclose the nature of data that is
collected and transmitted in their privacy statement (linked from our database),
there is almost no way for the user to actually control what data is being sent.
The fact is that the technology is in theory capable of sending much more than
just banner statistics - and this is why many people feel uncomfortable with the
On the other hand...
Millions of people are using advertising supported "spyware" products and could
not care less about the privacy hype..., in fact some "Spyware" programs are
among the most popular downloads on the Internet.
There are also many PC surveillance tools that allow a user to monitor all kinds
of activity on a computer, ranging from keystroke capture, snapshots, email
logging, chat logging and just about everything else. These tools are often
designed for parents, businesses and similar environments, but can be easily
abused if they are installed on your computer without your knowledge.
These tools are perfectly legal in most places, but, just like an ordinary tape
recorder, if they are abused, they can seriously violate your privacy.