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If you are ever infected with adware or spyware your computer may run very slowly and you may get alot of annoying pop-up advertisements. It can also be very difficult to remove most spyware/adware. It is even more difficult to remove viruses. The key is prevention. There are steps you can take so as to not get spyware, adware, or virus infections on your computer.
Even after a professional computer technician has removed adware, spyware or viruses from you computer you can EASILY become infected again if you are not careful. So follow these steps to make sure you are not infected again. I do NOT recommend that you attempt to remove adware or spyware by yourself. If your home page has been changed, your computer is running slowly, or you are having other problems then contact a professional computer technician to have them remove the infections.
So far there are no effective programs to install to protect against spyware infections. The adware/spyware detection in antivirus programs just slow down the computer and offer very minimal protection.
While Web Browsing
Prevent Adware/Spyware in Email
Web Mail Tip (gmail, yahoo, hotmail)
Web mail is email that you read in your browser by going to a web mail site such as gmail.com. Sometimes you can see where a link is actually sending you in web mail by putting your mouse cursor over the link and then looking at the bottom bar of your browser window which is called the Status Bar. But beware that some criminals have figured out how to change the address displayed in the status bar. You can also right-click on a link in web mail and then left-click on Properties. This might show you the actual address where a link is sending you. Again beware that some criminals may have figured out how to change this address listing also.
AOL Mail Tip
In America Online you may be able to see where a link in an email is actually going to lead you by leaving your mouse cursor over a link for a few seconds. A small tag should pop-up and display the actual link adress. However, keep in mind that some criminals may know how to display a fake address there also.
For a picture example click on the plus:
Another Example: An email entitled "New update to fix windows file errors in registry" may be a phishing scam or link to a program like a virus that could compromise your computer. Never click on something that claims it will fix your computer in some way: