The first rule with preventing spyware is not to click on popup ads. If you click them they will multiply and the marketing companies will begin to see you as an easy target for advertising. The act of clicking on popup ads shows that you are an interested audience that will buy almost anything.

A word of caution about spyware and popup ads is that there are companies and people that make their living by putting popup ads on your computer that have sayings like “You have spyware on your computer!!! Click here to remove it.” Ignore these popup ads like you should any other because that is all they are: popup ads. These ads are created by spyware popping ads up on your screen to sell you things. So of course you have spyware on your computer, they put it there. The only difference is this time the spyware removal company has put the spyware there and they want you to buy their program to fix the very spyware that they placed on your computer. This is an underhanded way to make money off of uneducated victims. If you do go ahead and purchase the program it will probably fix the supposed problem they have created until it comes time for them to try to sell you other things.

Some other gimmicks like this are programs sold by companies to help speed up your computer because the spyware put on your computer by the same company is slowing it down so much. Popup ads are not supposed to be on your computer in the first place so if they are there then something must be wrong and spyware needs to be removed and the damage fixed. The best thing is not to trust or click on any popup ads on your computer but to remove the cause of the problem with Spybot or Adaware. Just click the gray X in the top right corner of the advertising window and forget about it, no matter how enticing the deal seems.

The next rule is to avoid downloading free screensavers or other programs that are not trusted or tested by computer technicians. The saying is true for the internet as well as in life that there is no such thing as a free lunch because a lot of these free programs on the internet install spyware on your computer without you ever knowing it when you install these free programs on your computer. These free programs are doing a lot more than what you want them to do on your computer and once on your computer they can not be prevented from collecting personal data about you or showing you hundreds of popup ads.

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