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 using the University provided solutions which have Malware protection built in, which can download using the shareware site.:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials AntiVirus for Windows (For Personally Owned Computers, Windows 7 only)
  • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Antivirus Client for Mac (For Personally Owned Computers)
  • Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Antivirus Client (Non-Managed – For University Owned Computers)