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 +===== Information about Spyware =====
 +=== What is a Spyware? ===
 +**// From [[http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/spywarewhat.mspx|microsoft.com]]: //** Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent. 
 +Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information. 
 +These programs can change your Web browser's home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you don't need or want. These programs also make it very difficult for you to change your settings back to the way you originally had them. 
 +There are a number of ways spyware or other unwanted software can get on your system. A common trick is to covertly install the software during the installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program. 
 +=== How do I prevent spyware? ===
 +  * Have an active [[en:Firewall]] on your computer.
 +  * Install anti-spyware tools:
 +    * [[http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx|Windows Defender]]
 +    * [[http://www.spybot.info/|Spybot Search & Destroy]]
 +    * [[http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php|Ad-Aware Personal]]
 +  * Keep your version of Windows [[http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/|up to date]].
 +  * Common Sense: When you visit Web sites, do not automatically agree to download anything the site offers. If you download free software, such as file-sharing programs or screen savers, read the license agreement carefully. Look for clauses in which you must accept advertising and pop-ups from the company, or that the software will send certain information back to the software publisher. For more information, see [[http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/spywareprevent.mspx|How to prevent spyware]].
 +=== How to get rid of spyware? ===
 +Even if you're already infected with a spyware, tools such as Windows Defender, Spybot and Ad-Aware can scan your computer and get rid of spyware for you.
 +=== Can VIF Internet help me? ===
 +No, VIF Internet does not support preventing, or removing, spyware and viruses on your computer. The information on this page is provided for your convenience only, and VIF does not extend it's support to this area.
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