What is spyware?
According to Webopedia.com spyware is "Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes."
- Spyware applications usually come as part of a freeware or shareware program that you download from the Internet.
- Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and sends that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers.
How do I know I have spyware?
- Spyware uses memory and system resources.
- The applications run in the background and can lead to system crashes or general system instability.
- Your computer might be sluggish or irresponsive.
- Booting your computer may take longer than usual.
How can I minimize the chances of getting spyware?
- Minimize downloading freeware and shareware.
- Minimize use of programs such as Weatherbug, AIM, Comet cursor, and others.
- Problems? For assistance on your campus computer, call the HelpDesk at x6-8555.
- Please do not install a spyware removal tool on your campus-owned computer.