What are Adware and Spyware?

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Many people often incorrectly use the terms “Adware” and “Spyware” interchangeably.

Adware and Spyware are actually very different.

The aspect that seems to confuse most users, is probably that some programs are classified as both “Adware” and “Spyware”. However, just because a particular software falls under one category, that does not mean it necessarily qualifies under the other as well.

Adware is generally the less malicious and least harmful of the two. Adware is a program installed on a user’s system, that displays advertisements, often in the form of pop-ups.

In many cases, Adware is installed on the user’s system, without the consent of the user. The advertisements are generally considered to be a nuisance, and the software displaying the advertisements is typically rather difficult to remove, when unaided by special software, such as adware spyware removal tools.

Spyware is software, installed on the users system, virtually always without the users knowledge or consent, that spies on the user, by recording the actions of the user.

Logged actions often include, keystrokes made by the user (including logins and passwords, social security number, etc), websites visited by the user, programs running on the users system, etc.

All data recorded by the spyware, is sent back to a server, accessible to the individual(s) controlling the spyware, and thus, all of the data logged by the spyware, is accessible to that person or persons.

Because of this, spyware presents a great threat to the victim’s privacy and security.

Spyware is routinely used by hackers and cyber criminals, to obtain the personal information needed to commit Identity Theft.

For Help Removing Adware and Spyware from your system, or if you’re concerned that your system’s security has been compromised and that you could become a victim of Identity Theft, see the Guides Below.

Here is a Guide on – Identity Theft Protection

Here is a Guide on – Adware Spyware Removal

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