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Guide to Understanding Anti-Spyware

Spyware software is something we are constantly hearing about all over the internet along with the threats and risks it poses to computer users. In order to combat spyware software you will need to install some sort of anti-spyware software.

Anti-spyware software programs work in two ways.

1. They can provide real time protection against the installation of spyware software on your computer. This type of spyware protection works the same way as that of anti-virus protection in that the anti-spyware software scans all incoming network data for spyware software and blocks any threats it comes across.

2. Anti-spyware software programs can be used solely for detection and removal of spyware software that has already been installed onto your computer. This type of spyware protection is normally much easier to use and more popular. With this spyware protection software you can schedule weekly, daily, or monthly scans of your computer to detect and remove any spyware software that has been installed on your computer. This type of anti-spyware software scans the contents of the windows registry, operating system files, and installed programs on your computer and will provide a list of any threats found, allowing you to choose what you want to delete and what you want to keep.

In recent years the two objectives of spyware removal software have been combined to provide a more powerful anti-spyware software program that allows you to detect and remove spyware and use real time protection on your computer. Just like anti-virus programs spyware removal programs also require frequent updates and the majority of anti-spyware software now come with this feature also.

Understanding what anti-spyware software does and what it should do will help you choose the right spyware protection for your computer. It is important to remember that if you have a computer and use it to access the internet then you are at risk from spyware software and you need to protect yourself.


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