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Your computer could be one of the millions of those infected with some form of malware and you might not even realize it. If an internet program is tracking and sending information back to a third party — without the your permission — when it lands on your computer, you have spyware.
When spyware or malware is on your PC it will almost certainly cause your internet connection to dramatically slow down and you will get an excessive amount of annoying pop-up windows. Left untreated, spyware and malware could begin to crash your computer and even lead to identity theft.
Proactive anti-spyware protection is essential in keeping your data private. Programs such as Webroot Spy Sweeper and eTrust Pest Patrol are offered for a small yearly subscription fee and they will help prevent, scan for and remove the bulk of unruly spyware and malware from your computer. Once installed, ensure that your software program is automatically downloading updates on a weekly basis and set to perform a full system scan every month.
There are also day-to-day tips for being proactive in avoiding spyware and malware.
Information is the weapon against spyware and that is where Geek Squad Intelligence can help. We stay on top of the latest spyware, malware, and virus news so you don't have to. Check out Geek Squad Intelligence Security Threat Alerts to learn more.
Information travels between computers and networks through various data ports. In addition to other security measures, firewalls implement a "stateful inspection" of these data ports, preventing unrequested (which is to say — bad) data from coming into your computer or network. In essence, firewalls hide your PC from others trying to get in through the Internet. Various software companies offer firewall protection, but hardware-based firewalls, like those frequently built into network routers provide a better level of security.
Use the online Spyware Scan to check for spyware infestations. If spyware is found, you can Chat with an Agent to fix it remotely in your home. Or bring your computer into a Geek Squad Location before it goes BOOM, realizing the worst may have just happened.