Some “experts” say that 90% of all computers connected to the internet are infected with some form of spyware. While I feel that’s an inflated number, the fact remains: spyware is a serious threat that can afflict anyone who uses the internet.
If you’re worried that your PC might be infected, here are some tell-tale signs that makes it clear it might be time to invest in a new anti-spyware software:
- Your computer often slows to a crawl while you have minimal amount of programs running (HINT: spyware programs are probably hogging your memory resources).
- Advertisements pop up even when you’re not using a browser. Heck, sometimes, they’ll show up even if you’re not online. (HINT: you’ve got malicious software opening ads all by itself).
- When you open your browser, your home page is a strange website you’ve never even visited, let alone used. (HINT: the spyware jacked your browser settings; chances are, they did it at the registry level, too).
- Your web browser has a ton of items on it. Things like a toolbar, a search bar and all sorts of items now clutter your browser that you don’t remember installing. (HINT: they installed themselves and won’t go away even if you uninstall them).