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Spyware is a universal phrase used for software that executes certain behaviors such as advertising collecting personal information or changing the configuration of your computer usually without properly acquiring your permission Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements known as adware Adware is considered any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running Adware runs by collecting information about the user in order to display advertisements in the Web browser usually through pop-up windows based on the information it collects from the users browsing patterns What is adware Large media companies offer to place banner ads of their products on websites in exchange for a portion of the revenue from banner sales This way you dont have to pay for the software and the developers are still getting paid A person can get these spyware applications on their computer just by surfing the net or downloading music through a P2P program Examples would be Grokster Kazaa and Morpheus for the P2P Peer to Peer programs This seems to be the most common way of being infected by the spyware Some examples of spyware itself include Trojans Web Bugs Advertiser software adware and Stand-Alone Commercial Computer MonitoringSurveillance softwareSpyCop One way to distinguish a virus from spyware is by its behavior A virus seeks to infect a computer to replicate and ultimately to infect as many computers as possible as quickly as possible Spyware tries to stay put a behavior we typically associate with a parasite In the world of espionage spyware is closest to a mole A mole will avoid any activity that might blow his cover similarly spyware applications are often content to hide on your system Server Pipeline Spyware disguises itself as a legitimate application so that it can collect information about you your messaging and browsing behavior and your online preferences You can do several things to get rid of spyware once it is on your
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