Spyware are dangerous programs that attack your computer and gather personal information without your knowledge. Viruses may alter or destroy important information on your computer.
How Spyware And Viruses Work
Spyware monitors when and how you use your computer, as well as the information you enter into it. Spyware can also track your e-mails and visits to websites. Spyware programs are installed on computers without the users ever knowing. Sources of spyware most often include e-mails, e-mail links and websites.
Viruses are most often planted on computers by e-mails, through visits to websites or by clicking on links in pop-ups or e-mail messages.
What Spyware And Viruses Do
Spyware is used to steal important personal information that can be useful in identity theft. Viruses can corrupt files or even permanently disable your computer's hard drive.
How To Know If Your Computer Has Spyware And Viruses
You may have spyware on your computer if you:
A virus may be present on your computer if:
How To Avoid Spyware And Viruses
The following tips can help you protect yourself from spyware and viruses: