A spyware is a malware that monitors the activities on the computer it is illegally installed in without the knowledge of the computer user. The information is sent back to its creator. Examples of information it collects are passwords and credit card numbers.
Some spyware programs are designed to monitor the user's surfing habits, like what websites are often visited by the user and the software used as well as other personal information that the user might consider confidential. Some spyware functions as keyloggers and records keyed in passwords.
The illegally-gotten information through spyware gives the creator a lot of benefits. One of the benefits is a wide database of supposed to be opt in list, a prized asset of internet marketers. Passwords give them access to big amounts of money from e-currency accounts.
Signs Of Spyware On Your Computer
How does a computer user know that there is spyware lurking around, collecting confidential information? What are the sighs to watch out for? Here are some of the strange behaviors of a computer with spyware:
1. The home page changes on its own
2. Strange toolbars that you haven't installed appear on the desktop.
3. More pop ups even inspite of a pop up blocker.
4. Sudden computer crash
5. Navigating difficulties.