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There are a number of indicators you can watch for which will suggest that your computer has been infected by spyware or adware. Please note that some of the symptoms listed below are not unique to just a spyware or an adware infection.

1) PC Performance – Both Spyware and adware consume your PC's resource like computer memory. A bad spyware infection could dramatically slow your computer's performance including causing your system's to become increasingly unstable. Spyware also can affect your internet connection speed as it takes up bandwidth to communicate information back to its creator.

2) Pop up Ads – It is highly likely that your computer is infected by Adware if you notice more pop up ads appearing than usual. In some cases pop ads start appearing on the desktop even if you have not opened a web browser. Alternatively, search results may appear in a pop up or another browser window relative to the website you are visiting or keyword term you have typed into a search engine.

3) Browser Toolbars – These programs are commonly bundled with free software which the publisher often describes as "advertiser supported." The toolbar then feeds adverts based on the website you visit. They are usually very difficult to uninstall. "180 Search Assistant" and "Huntbar" are example programs.

4) Browser Settings – Your internet favourites or bookmarks and start page are two main settings which are targeted by spyware authors. Web sites are inserted into your list of internet favourites in the hope that you will visit them. Browser hijackers change the start page which is visited when the browser loads. Any unexpected change to your start page is a sign of infection.<

5) Start Up Programs – Some spyware variants will try to add themselves to your Windows start up program list. If you boot up time becomes noticeably slower then review your program start up list to check for applications you are not familiar with and remove them. This program list can be review using the "MS Config" option from the Windows XP Run command.

6) Software Failure – A spyware infection can cause some of your programs to crash or stop working. In particular watch if your Internet Explorer browser refuses to work all of a sudden.

7) Hosts File Changes – The Hosts File is a Windows file that maps the numerical IP Address to the Host Name very much like the address book on your cell phone "maps" your friend's name to their telephone number. Some spyware programs can change these setting so that when you type in "www.yahoo.com" for example you are re-directed the spyware author's website.

8) Hacking Tools and Softwares - If You are Onto Hacking, Then Your Computer is Highly Vulnerable to Infection. Hacking Tools & Softwares, Always are Counted as Threats and Sometimes You Get Backdoor'd trying to Hack Others. Always Use a Sandbox while using Unkn0wn tools/applications.
(01-12-2011, 04:45 AM)The 7th Sage Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-12-2011, 04:34 AM)Th3Proph3t Wrote: [ -> ]2) Pop up Ads – It is highly likely that your computer is infected by Adware if you notice more pop up ads appearing than usual. In some cases pop ads start appearing on the desktop even if you have not opened a web browser. Alternatively, search results may appear in a pop up or another browser window relative to the website you are visiting or keyword term you have typed into a search engine.

These are one of the worst. I remember when i was sitting with my granny on the pc once and some meatspin type "shocking site" poped up.

Moral of the story : Never use IE >.>

Hahaha. I remember those days. There was that one link everyone called the pillow fight link. It would hide your cursor, shrink your browser window and make it dance around the screen all while it flashed gay porn and screwed "Hey everybody, I'm watching gay porn" Always pretty awkward. That's why I now disable javascript.
Hahaha, dude... I was 7 years old. I was on the internet for the first time looking up cheat codes when my mom walked in. I looked over to her to talk, and all I see is the best "WTF" expression and she yells my name. A pop up came up that split second with hardcore porn. I turned and saw it. She realized it was a pop up though, so I didn't get in trouble.

Moral of the Story: That was effing embarrassing... haha
I remember the pillow fight link. Damn that thing sucked ass.
I wish I could find the pillow fight again. It's so fun to just link people that harass me on AIM to.
Lets remake it.
Hahaha. Go for it. I'll do the javascripting, music, you find all the gay porn.
How did you know that is what I am good at? D: Creeper
I had to clean my keyboard after you stayed last time....I saw the history..
Damn it... I knew I forgot something.
Yeah.....I got a new keyboard out of it though...
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