- The Birth of Spyware
- How Can I Tell If I Have Spyware?
- How Do I Choose a Spyware Scanner?
- Sites to Avoid
- System Admin Information
- Detecting Spyware Processes In MS Windows-Based Machines
- Detecting Spyware Autostart Methods in MS Windows-based Machines
- Configuring Internet Explorer for Network Users
- Using a Hosts File to Block Spyware-Infected Hosts
- Spyware and Security Resources
How Can I Tell If I Have Spyware?
Not all symptoms are easy to diagnose, but the easy symptoms to recognize include the following:
Your computer is slowing down to a crawl.
Porn sites are popping up in your browser when you are surfing the Net.
Your computer mysteriously dials up phone numbers during the middle of the nightnormally to expensive porn chat linesleaving you with a huge bill.
When you enter a search term into your search bar, a new and unfamiliar site handles the search.
New sites are added to your Favorites list without your adding them.
Your home page has been hijacked, and the new site keeps coming back even if you remove it.
You get pop-up advertisements that address you by your name, even when your computer isn't connected to the Internet.