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"Spy-Ware, are you being watched?"


How do you know if you might have spyware on your computer?


  • Pop-up windows will keep popping up endlessly.

  • You are sent to websites other than the one you typed into your browser.

  • New, unexpected tool-bars appear in your web browser.

  • New, unexpected icons appear in the task tray at the bottom of your screen.

  • Your browser' s home page has changed.

  • The search engine your browser opens when you click "search" has been changed.

  • Certain keys fail to work in your browser.

  • Random Windows error messages begin to appear.

  • Your computer suddenly seems very slow when opening programs or processing tasks.


What Can I Do to Prevent My Computer from Getting Infected with Spyware?

Here are several ways you can you can help protect your computer from spyware and other software:

  • Adjust your browser security settings.
  • Practice safe web surfing habits and download safely.
  • Install and use anti-spyware software.
  • Use a firewall.



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