Spyware is a dangerous type of virus that often goes undetected for extended periods of time. Most spyware does not actually do anything, rather it watches and records information that is entered into text boxes on the computer. Hackers can later access this information to steal things like banking information or social security numbers. The internet can be dangerous if you go it alone, but with Nerds on call on your side, spyware will be a thing of the past.
You might need a nerd if…
- Your computer seems to be working unusually hard to do usual tasks
- Your internet connection is exceptionally slow at random times
- Your computer goes very slow, either all the time or at certain, unpredictable times
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Questions nerds often hear about Redding 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
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.