Protecting Windows® 7 from Spyware with Antivirus
The numbers of malware infections in existence have increased many folds over the years. There are many different types of malware infections and they are all equally dangerous. Trojans, spyware, adware, worms, etc. are some of the common classifications of malware infections. Spyware can be best described as malware designed to spy on your activities and steal data. Spyware usually install themselves on a computer without your knowledge and steal data from the system. Because of the popularity of Windows 7, there are many spyware programs that are specifically made for the operating system. Some of them are especially designed to steal information, such as passwords and bank account details, which will be sent back to the malware source. Spyware run constantly in the background of the system and will consume all of the bandwidth and slow down the system. Spyware attacks usually occur if users are browsing to unsafe websites and are downloading and installing malicious toolbars that have spyware attached to them.
Following are the different ways to protect Windows 7 system from spyware programs:
- Antivirus programs
- Turn on firewall
- Avoid freeware installation
Antivirus programs or security software are the best way to protect your Windows 7 system from spyware. Antivirus programs, such as Norton AntiVirus, have spyware definitions that allow the program to detect and also remove any spyware on the system. Windows 7 users are advised to install an antivirus program with real time protection that will prevent the spyware from installing on the system.
Turn on firewall
Windows 7 comes with an in-built firewall that can protect the system from all kinds of malware infections, including spyware. Firewall is the first line of defense against spyware as firewall effectively filters out the maliciously coded programs from coming into the system. So, you are advised to always turn on the firewall of the system whenever you are connecting to the Internet or using a network to protect from spyware.
Majority of all spyware infections spread via attaching themselves to some other programs, like freeware. Freeware applications that claim to be very useful may contain spyware and once they get installed on your Windows 7 machine, they will be impossible to remove. So, you must always avoid installing freeware on the system.
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