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What are spyware and viruses anyway?

What is spyware?

Spyware is software that someone puts on your computer that watches what you do and sends this information to some third party.

Spyware gets on our computers as we travel the internet by visiting web pages that put it in your computer, by e-mail, by Trojan horse style viruses, and a number of other sources. Some spyware is harmless–for instance if you search for banking information online, the banner ads on the places you visit will start to be financial ads. If you search for sporting goods, you will begin to see different ads oriented to the outdoors. This is the advertisers on the internet at work. In most cases these types of spyware do not interfere with your use of your computer...

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