Understanding Spyware and How to Get Rid of Spyware

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Understanding Spyware And How To Eliminate Spyware

For those of you who are active on the internet every day you must have heard the term Spyware. Actually, what is Spyware? Spyware is included as a malicious program that is cool, Malicious Software, or commonly abbreviated as Malware. 

Because Spyware is included in an illegal program, we should prevent our computer devices from attacking Spyware as much as possible. But if you already have Spyware, how do you get rid of it? 

To get rid of Spyware from a computer we have to do a little effort. Before we discuss further how to eliminate Spyware, it would be nice to discuss first the definition of Spyware and its infection process.

Understanding Spyware 

Spyware is a program or software that illegally enters a computer to steal your internet usage data and sensitive data. Spyware falls into the category of Malware which is illegal software designed to gain access to a computer without the knowledge of again to carry out activities that are not good. 

Spyware collects probable information, then the stolen data is sent to the owner of the Spyware. The parties that often use Spyware include advertising companies, data companies, news webs, hackers, and so on.

Spyware is used for a variety of purposes, including tracking again activities on the internet, stealing bank credit card information, tapping bank account information, stealing email account information, stealing personal data, and much more. These data if in large quantities can be valued very expensive if sold in certain companies. 

Some types of Spyware can even get administrator access on your computer, so you can install additional programs and change system configuration. So it is very important for you to always update the system and use a strong password.

If you have been a victim of data theft by Spyware, you must be more careful from now on. Because cybercrime statistics show fantastic numbers for this case, here are the data:

  • According to data from Norton Cyber Security Insights Report Global Results, in 2017 as many as 978 people from 20 countries around the world were affected by cybercrime.
  • The total loss from cybercrime cases reached $ 172 billion.

In the internet crime rates above, Spyware contributes to a fairly large case. Spyware is the most common threat on the internet that is entered into computer devices and is difficult to detect. Spyware is a threat to businesses and individual users because it can steal sensitive information and endanger your network.

Types of Spyware 

Spyware has a variety of types, each of which has a unique way to tap information and data.

Adware

This type of spyware will track the history and downloads of your browser, with the aim of predicting what products or services you are interested in. Adware will display advertisements for the product or service that you are interested in to persuade you to click or purchase the advertised product. Adware is used for marketing purposes and can slow down your computer.

Trojan

Trojans are malicious malware disguised as legitimate software. For example, a Trojan might appear as a Java update or Flash Player when downloaded. Malware Trojan is controlled by third parties. Trojans are actually also many types if for Spyware Trojan this can be used to access sensitive information such as Social Security numbers and Credit Card information.

Cookies Tracker

Spyware type Cookies Tracker is how it works by reading the entire Cookies the results of your activity on the internet. From this Cookies, various information can be taken, such as activities on your website, search times, download history, etc. for marketing purposes.

System Monitor

This type of Spyware System Monitor is the most malicious type of Spyware because it can monitor all your activities with the computer such as the key you type, chat activities on the computer, activities on the internet, e-mail, and programs that are run. This type of spyware is usually disguised in the form of freeware and pirated software. For Spyware that specifically records all keyboard keys, you are called a Keylogger, I have discussed before Keylogger and how to eliminate it.

How to Enter Spyware to a Computer

Actually, Spyware can not only enter the computer but also can log in to Mac and Android or iOS smartphone devices. Although in theory Windows computers are more susceptible to Spyware than Apple, but also many cases of Spyware that infiltrate devices from Apple. 

The most common ways of computer systems to be infiltrated by Spyware include:

  • Receive a prompt or pop-up without reading it first.
  • Download software from untrusted sources.
  • Open e-mail attachments from unknown senders.
  • Piracy media such as movies, music or games.

How to Detect Spyware 

Spyware is basically made in such a way and disguised so that it is difficult to recognize when inside a computer system. But there are signs that can help you to identify whether your computer has been infected by Spyware. Your computer may be attacked by spyware if you show symptoms below:

  • The computer feels slow, heavy, and sometimes lags.
  • Disk Usage and RAM are suddenly full.
  • Pop-ups often appear unknown both online and offline.

How to Get Rid of Spyware 

If you feel that there is spyware that infiltrates your computer system, you can just scan your computer full to detect and eliminate all threats. Or you can download virus removal software that is already well known like Norton for example. 

I am here using Norton Power Eraser, besides because we can use this software for free too. You can also use other software that you think is good. 

In the previous article I discussed how to remove viruses, malware, Trojans, and Worms on a computer, the way is also almost the same as how to remove Spyware.

How to Prevent Exposure to Spyware 

The following are ways to prevent Spyware:

  • Do not open emails from unknown senders. 
  • Do not download files from sources that cannot be trusted. 
  • Don’t click on pop-up ads. 
  • Use reputable antivirus software.

For those of you who use an Android smartphone, I’ve discussed how to prevent Android smartphones from being exposed to Spyware specifically. 

We as users must also be proactive. If there is a Spyware, then we must hurry to eliminate it before the Spyware pops up our data more. We can also directly change the password of the accounts related to the computer. 
If we need to report to the bank whose account is related to a computer infected with Spyware, it should be monitored more closely to avoid misuse. 

I think it’s enough to discuss about the understanding of Spyware as well as how to eliminate it. If it is considered unclear, please leave a question in the comments column. Thank you for visiting this simple blog, hopefully, it’s useful.

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