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3 Ways To Detect Spyware And Adware Without Special Software!

Spyware has become a new hot button issue among people now that there is a new piece of legislation sitting in congress on this issue. In general, people are becoming much more interested in learning about new ways to get spyware off of their computer. If you asked most people to tell you ways to get rid of spyware, they would tell you that using a spyware stopper is probably the best way to get rid of it. While this is probably true, there are other ways to detect spyware and adware without having to download special software. Here are three of the best things that you can do on your own to detect spyware.

Check your computer's cookies every day. This is something that should be done each and every day, regardless of what you have going on. Your computer builds up cookies and it makes the internet run much slower than it otherwise might. Cookies are also the things which tell advertising companies which pop up ads to send your way. If you check the cookies on your own, you can see some spyware and adware held within them. By deleting these cookies, you are getting rid of the threat of adware on your own. This can be done very easily, by selecting internet options and simply clearing the cookies in your browser. It doesn't require any downloads, any money, or any special knowledge.

There are a few different types of cookies that you might find held by your browser. You will discover that your computer holds advertising cookies and tracking cookies for the websites that you visited during the last few days. These things take up space in your computer, so you want to go ahead and get rid of them. Cookies aren't especially damaging, but they are a form of adware that is unnecessary.

Stay away from suspicious downloads. Wherever you go on the internet, you are probably going to be prompted to download something or another. Don't download anything that you are wary of. You should be absolutely sure of each thing you are installing on your computer. If you see a suspicious download, then you can bet that it is probably spyware. In this regard, you need to use a little bit of common sense in order to be successful at detecting the problems. If something looks fishy and unnecessary, there is a good chance that it is fishy and unnecessary. Avoid downloading these programs and also avoid downloading things that have a lot of unnecessary add-ons.

You will find that certain popular software downloads will come with their share of baggage. When you download something like AIM, you will notice that there are a lot of extras which come along with it. You should be able to deduce that these programs are spyware. If you have the opportunity to say no to these outlying applications that come along with your download, then you should take advantage of that.

Keep your eye on pop up advertisements. Everybody knows that spyware can cause an infestation of pop up ads, but people don't really understand which pop ups are caused by spyware and adware. You don't need any spyware software to detect that spyware is causing your computer to put pop ups out at an alarming rate. Which pop ups are the ones that are caused by spyware and adware? You will notice that sometimes, pop ups come onto your computer's desktop when you aren't even connected to the internet. When this happens, it means that the core operating system of your computer is infected with spyware. You will want to take measures to get rid of the spyware and adware when this is the case.

Though spyware causes pop ups, not all pop ups are caused by spyware. Some are just prompted by visiting a website. It is up to you to know the difference in these two in order to detect the presence of spyware on your computer. Using a little bit of common sense should let you know when there is too much spyware on your computer. From there, you just have to take measures to fix the problem.

Those are three of the best ways to go about detecting spyware without the help of a spyware stopping software. You don't have to be a computer genius to know what spyware looks like and feel its impact. Any person with a little bit of common sense can recognize a spyware application when they see it. In the end, it is up to you to figure out when things look fishy. If you see a program that doesn't look or doesn't act quite right, then you should do your best to stay away. If you don't, you could find that your computer is in a world of hurt.

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