Of course that’s a ridiculous question! With that in mind, the creators of spyware and other infections have worked very hard to disguise the how they infiltrate your system. There are 3 common methods of infection used by many types of spyware – Piggybacking, Sneaky Pop-ups and Drive-by Downloads.
Most users download software or updates from the internet. Sometimes other programs are bundled with the download that will install spyware. Occasionally they are even listed in the End User’s License Agreement (EULA). Spyware developers are counting on very few people being willing take the time read the entire document and even if they did, they would have a hard time understanding it.
Spyware can bypass the download and EULA approach through innocent looking pop-ups or Active-X boxes. An example is a bogus pop-up asking if you want information on their product. If you press ”˜yes’ or ”˜no’, spyware will then be installed simply because you clicked on a button. For example, “Your Computer’s Clock is Wrong” is a popup with an offer to permanently fix the clock issue. The real problem will be the spyware download. To avoid this, it’s best to use taskmanager to close the popup and avoid possible spyware installation.
Web pages may forcibly install spyware on your computer just because you visited the site even if you didn’t click anything on the page. Often these sites’ names are a close spelling to a safe and normal site visited by millions of users everyday, such as google.com. A misspelling like google.cm might bring you to a another site with spyware awaiting you arrival.
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