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Spyware programmes try to record and report your internet search habits and show you relevant advertisements every time you go online.

What are the risks?

On its own, spyware tends to be more of an annoyance than doing any harm. However, if there are enough spyware programmes on your computer, they could affect its performance or internet connection. Spyware is getting more dangerous as it can inform hackers of your online habits, making you an easier target. Hackers can then block your computer's access to the original sites you regularly visit and redirect it to their own replicated versions. This means that when you sign in or try to purchase something from the replicated site, your passwords or banking details can be stolen.

Other types of spyware will use 'pop ups' to pretend to be something useful, such as a security alert about infections. If you click on the link provided, you risk falling into the trap, downloading a malicious piece of software or programme.

What can you do about it?

There isn't one solution that will remove all spyware threats - the best solution is to have two different spyware tools that perform regular scans.

Free anti-spyware tools

Remember to update the software every time before you scan for threats.
  • Microsoft Windows Defender - Protect against spyware, pop ups and slow performance
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - Use to detect and remove spyware
  • Lavasoft's Ad-Aware - Real-time protection against viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers and more.