What is Spyware?

Okay, so spyware sounds like something a ninja might put on in the morning or an attractive dress worn by a sultry CIA agent. However, in reality it is a lot more boring and a great deal more inconvenient.

Spyware is a type of malicious software that is downloaded onto a computer, in the majority of cases without the owner of the computer even knowing. The spyware then collects data from the computer and sends it back to the owner of the spyware program.

Spyware is problematic for many reasons. Not only does it allow people to collect sensitive and important information about you but it will also slow your computer down severely, making jobs take a great deal longer to complete than they should. The spyware will usually then be used to make unwanted changes to your computer experience, changing settings and guiding you regularly towards pages you do not wish to visit. A huge proportion of computers are infected with such spyware. But what can be done about it?

Firstly, if you have noticed your computer getting slower or have noticed subtle changes to your user experience (including changes to homepage or even excessive adverts), it may be worth looking at PC repair London. Not only will experts in computer repair London be better placed to tell you if you have spyware and if so be able to remove each and every single malicious program, but they will also be able to help you understand how best to prevent getting such spyware again.

Whilst there are scanners available for to locate malicious software, they vary dramatically in terms of effectiveness and the best may actually cost even more than PC repair London itself. So, whilst it may not actively damage your computer, the side effects no doubt will, so always seek computer repair London sooner rather than later.



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