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Registered: 06-2006
Location: Castle Belgalor
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How do I know if I have Spyware ?


Spyware is easy to spot, especially when there's a lot of spyware installed on a computer, here are some signs to look for..

Sluggish PC performance
Spyware takes up computer memory and can bog down performance

Weird pop-up ads
If lots of pop-up ads start to appear on your computer even if you are not surfing the internet, chances are you have some adware on your computer.

New toolbars you can't delete
If a strange toolbar appears on your desktop or in your web browser and won't go away, it's probably spyware.

Enexpected changes to your homepage settings
If your web browser starts opening to a web page you've never seen before, your computer is likely infected with a browser hijacker.

Internet connections go awry
If one day you can no longer connect to the internet, it could be because spyware has been messing with your connection settings.

Unusual search results
When you search for something on the internet, a strange or unexpected search site produces results. Your web browser has probably been redirected by spyware to a search engine of its choosing.

Software malfunction
If a program you use was working fine and then one day it won't start or it produces weird errors, it could be that spyware has corrupted files it requires to run or messed with the way it works.

Frequent computer crashes
Spyware can cause a computer to crash either because a system is overwhelmed or because the spyware programming is badly written and causes the crash.
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Re: How do I know if I have Spyware ?


the internet is such a good place but with all the virus's and spyware it can be a real pain too

MaTTsWoRld, 4/10/07, 12:05


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you smile because iam different,i laugh because your all the same

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I agree, many people overlook Spyware and what it does, just a little know-how keeps it at bay emoticon
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