Spyware is not a virus as commonly misunderstood. It doesnt self replicate. It is a malicious program which
1. delivers unsolicited pop-up advertisements
2. carries out theft of personal information
3. monitors your browsing and spending pattern to tailormake spams
4. re-routing you to advertising sites
What precautions can be taken?
1. Dont use ActiveX. Set the internet setting security option to appropriate value.
2. Install spyware - blocking software.
3. Take a backup of all important data on a medium like CD.
What are the Symptoms of Spyware Infestation?
1. loss of System Performance
2. System hangs and crashes
3. threat to private info stored in the computer