Spybot Search and Destroy 1.3
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Keep your computer healthy and your information private by protecting it from threats with Spybot Search and Destroy. And Spybot is free to download and easy to use!

Why Use Spybot?

If you use the Internet, your computer and your privacy are vulnerable. Many of the threats come from malicious viruses and black hat hackers, but commercial entities such as online stores may also threaten your privacy and slow down your computer by installing spyware on your hard drive. Windows users, especially fans of Internet Explorer, need to be on guard for surreptitious spyware installations. Most people are familiar with the importance of using anti-virus protection and a firewall; unfortunately, these protective measures do not catch everything. A spyware or adware detection and removal program is also essential.

More about Spyware

*Spyware consists of computer software that gathers and reports information about a computer user without the user's knowledge or consent. More broadly, the term spyware can refer to a wide range of related malware products which fall outside the strict definition of spyware. These products perform many different functions, including the delivery of unrequested advertising (pop-up ads in particular), harvesting private information, re-routing page requests to illegally claim commercial site referral fees, and installing stealth phone dialers.

A typical piece of spyware installs itself in such a way that it starts up every time the computer starts up (using CPU cycles and RAM, and reducing stability), and runs at all times, monitoring Internet usage and delivering targeted advertising to the affected system… The consequences of a moderate to severe spyware infection (privacy issues aside) generally include a substantial loss of system performance (over 50% in extreme cases), and major stability issues (crashes and hangs).*

*"Spyware" (2004). Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from the World Wide Web, January 11, 2005: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spyware.


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