What is spyware or adware?

What is spyware or adware?

Spyware and Adware are programs, scripts, or cookies that users install on their machine unknowingly when they download free programs. Spyware gathers information about a user’s Internet use and other computing operations and sells that information to other vendors. Adware creates advertising pop-ups on your computer. These programs not only invade a user’s privacy, but can also significantly slow down a system’s performance.

We recommend removing spyware by installing Spybot from Download.com.

Ad-Aware is another good tool for use in detecting and removing adware.