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Brow­ser Hel­per Ob­jects

Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) are designed to add a feature to your browser, like reading PDFs. Malware uses BHOs to infect your computer.

What if I told you there were spies in Portland? Well it’s true, but don’t bother calling the FBI just yet. Today’s spies aren’t the dashing and dapper James Bond or the seductive and sultry Mata Hari. They’re hackers – malicious programmers writing malicious programs to do things like steal your credit card information or social security numbers. The programs they create to do this are called spyware. Spyware tricks you into installing it on your computer, and then it captures everything you type and sends it to the spy. So if you type in your credit card number, or your name and address, hackers can capture this and use it to do things online while posing as you. This isn’t generally the best of situations to be caught in. According to the Department of Justice about six million people per year in the U.S. alone fall prey to some sort of identity theft scam, whether internet-related or other.   So what do you do to remove spyware from your computer? Here at your local Portland Nerds On Call, we’re prepared and equipped to do just that. We have years of experience removing spyware from folks’ computers and making sure they stay protected online.   We’ll come to where you are, check to see if you have spyware, and give you an estimate all for free! We’re dedicated to keeping you safe online and keeping spyware away from your computer.   So give us a call or click the chat icon below to get started with your local Portland Nerds on Call!

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Questions nerds often hear about Remove Spyware

  • How do I get spyware?

    Spyware spreads by tricking people into downloading and installing it. It can enter your system via a malicious email or a site that offers that perfect download. Always double-check where you're downloading something from. It could be spyware.

  • If it's so hard to detect, how do I know if I have spyware?

    Spyware tries to stay hidden in the background, but can often cause problems. If your computer is running slowly; your home page, mouse pointer, or search engine changes; or you are redirected to websites you didn't mean to go to, you could have spyware

  • What do they know about me?

    It can often be impossible to tell what information an attacker has gathered via spyware. The only method is to change your passwords and remove the spyware