After the worldwide data leak from Facebook, we can never trust any application blindly. Moreover, these are the days of digitization. And, is these days, the person having more data and information has more power. Many applications which we use in our daily life also try to get our data. Such applications which collect our data without our prior notice are believed to be spyware. In most cases, spyware is developed with a bad intention: just to spy on us.

You might not know if the application even exists on your device. But, it will collect your behavioral data in the background. The common examples of data they collect are key logs, web history, physical location, passwords, and files. But the main problem arises because most of us don’t realize that we have spywares on our devices. According to a worldwide survey, 1 of every 9 devices have their privacy compromised due to spyware.

How to know if your computer has spyware?Is a hacker spying on you?

• Check your resources utility in Task Manager. If you notice any background process using resources that are not related to its field of work, you can have an eye on it. For example, there is a process named “text-editor” whose work is just to edit text. But, it uses a communication port on your computer. This can be a spyware.
• Check suspicious processes for their genuineness. There are many processes running in background and claim to be a default Windows or system process. Also, they have a name that mimics a system service. In that case, you can right click on the process on the details tab in Task Manager (in Windows), click on open file location. If the location is inside the Windows folder, it might be a trusted application, else, it isn’t. But, this is not always the case.
• Using good antivirus software can also detect spywares running in background. They constantly check for applications and their used resources in background. Suppose, an application tries to access your webcam or keyboard, they quickly block its access and notify you about it.

Steps to stop spyware from being installed on your computer

• Don’t use unprotected sites. Only work on those sites that have SSL certification.
• Don’t click on popup dialog boxes.
• Go genuine. Don’t use torrents.
• Don’t use drives from unknown sources.
• Don’t follow e-mail links that claim to provide anti-spyware. They just do the opposite.
• Always check the source of your e-mail. Many times, the e-mail source gives you an idea of its origin.

How to remove spyware from your computer

• Run frequent Antivirus scans. Here, you can go for an antivirus specially designed for detecting spywares.
• If you are still not sure if you have removed all the spyware from your computer, call us, we can help clean up your computer.

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