Is Someone "Spying" on You?

By: Leah Garey
By: Leah Garey

Advertisers and virus writers have joined together to get inside your computer. It's called spyware. Constant pop-ups are evidence of spyware, according to Paul Tarver of Quality PC.

What makes spyware different than the viruses of the past is why people create it. It's not necessarily to be devious, but more for the money.

"Seventy percent of previous virus writers are making this stuff," Tarver said. "They are making big money."

This is a new form of advertising that, once it's in your computer, forces you to see the advertisement through a pop-up and often, more than one at a time.

"Clicking on one leads to another and it will allow them to install things into your computer," Tarver said.

Installing anti-virus software is one way to safeguard your computer. But just having the virus-blocking program on your computer won't guarantee you a win over spyware.

You have to make sure the software is updated on a regular basis.

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