Anyone who uses a computer whether it be for professional use or personal use knows that there is a real threat from spyware, adware and computer viruses. All three are similar in that all of them are complete nuisances for users. Yet, they are different but how?
Did you know that spyware is not designed to intentionally harm a computer? However, what it does is open pathways for someone besides the owner of the computer to communicate with it. Typically spyware will record the types of web sites the owner visits which then get sent to web advertisers which allows them to give you unwanted e-mails and annoying pop-ups.
No wonder spyware is looked upon as such a bad thing, ranked to the top with viruses and Trojan horses. It is actually more intrusive than adware is. Adware does not have the capabilities to like spyware to have their own executable programs that monitor and record keystrokes. It will also scan hard drives and look at the computer’s applications that a user would normally use. These include chat programs, cookies and the web browser’s settings.