Is your computer running slower than ever? Does it crash a lot?
If so it might be because advertisers have loaded it up with Spy and Adaware without your knowledge.
"Spyware" is a common term for files that are installed on your system that allow companies to monitor your Internet activity.
"Adaware" is software that will show you pop up ads over and over. These files can be extremely dangerous to your PC and could cause major problems.
They track the websites you visit, items that you buy online, the emails you send and your Instant Message dialogues. In a worst case scenario they can even record your credit card number, personal identification numbers, and all of your passwords.
I know all of this because I learned the hard way. Fortunately, I never had any personal data stolen, at least that Iím aware of. But every now and then, when least expected, my computer would crash, sometimes resulting in days of lost activity and income.
It seems like I spent a small fortune fixing one problem after another. I bought expensive software programs that actually made my problems worse, then another hard drive that I really didn't need.
Ultimately I had to take my computer to 2 different techs to work out all the bugs. If only I knew then what I know now.
After months of frustration and too many hundreds of dollars I care to admit to I finally learned what it takes to keep my computer healthy and functioning properly.
Below is what I learned and a recommendation that can help you avoid what I went through.
1. Get a spyware removal program. You've heard it before, but have you done it? This helps as your 1st line of defense against hackers and viruses.
2. Avoid opening email attachments from people you don't know. When in doubt, don't do it. Granted, this isn't so easy to do when you're in the people business, but I still encourage you to manage it as best you can. This alone eliminated a lot of my problems.
3. Scan for viruses and clean your registry at every opportunity. I spend a lot of time on the Internet working on my website marketing products, sending and receiving email and the like.
Consequently, my computer is vulnerable to attack from a lot of different ways. So, I scan it for viruses and clean my registry daily; sometimes several times a day depending on how long I've been on it.
If you don't have a good spyware program you should get one. It'll help you optimize your computer's performance, and get it in tip top condition in no time.
Here are the benefits.
They'll let you:
know if you have any files that are infecting your PC
help protect your computer and eliminate trojans, worms, dialers, browser hijackers, etc., and
help you avoid serious problems before they happen
You'll be amazed at how much speed and problem free use you can regain from the use of your computer after you install a good spyware program.
If you don't have one I strongly recommend Spyware Nuker. It's relatively inexpensive and is money well spent to safeguard your computer and personal and professional information stored on it.
You even get to try if for free before you buy it and I believe it comes with a 90 day satisfaction or money back guarantee.
About the author:
Lanard Perry is the author of "Farming Expired Listings", a real estate listing system that shows how to list 1-2 listings a week. Visit http://www.farmingexpiredlistings.comto get a FREE Sample Chapter.