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Is Spyware Infecting Your Browser Plugin?

Spyware is a growing problem for anyone who uses a computer. As technology to combat spyware gets better, the hackers who create it become more advanced in the types of spyware they release. One of those more recently created types of spyware is called browser plugins.

Browser plugins get downloaded to your computer the same way other spyware does. Sometimes it is downloaded inadvertently along with a desired program. Other times it comes through spam email or popups. In some situations it is transferred through online file sharing programs.

Regardless of where it comes from, it isn’t good. Browser plugins can do a number on your computer. One of the first signs you may have a browser plugin is if your Internet begins acting funny. If the webpage your are looking at becomes altered, you may have a browser plugin. Similarly, some browser plugins cause the advertisements on websites to change to their own ads. Browser plugins literally take control of your online experience.

Browser plugins can also do things like change your homepage and your desktop items. Any strange alterations made to your computer without your permission are probably made on behalf of some type of spyware. Odd changes in the web pages you look at are likely caused by a browser plugin.

Browser Plugins’ Stealth Mode

Browser plugins have the ability to work behind the scenes of your computer system. You may initially have no idea they are even there. As a result, browser plugins can be difficult to detect. Sometimes it only becomes obvious when your computer goes into a tailspin of unusual activities.

Such activities can include the aforementioned changes in your web browsing experience, as well as several other unusual changes in your system. A significantly slower system is a key sign you have some sort of spyware. Browser plugins take up so much bandwidth that it often affects a computer’s performance. This can make the computer slower during the booting-up process, slower when getting online, slower when downloading files, and slower when doing pretty much anything else.

Browser plugins also work to change your computer settings. So if you notice an alteration in the particular settings you set for your computer, you may have a browser plugin.

Another tell-tale sign that you may have a browser plugin is if you have been attacked with a barrage of popup advertisements. Popups are not only the result of many types of spyware, they are also the cause in certain instances. Clicking on a pop-up can actually download even more spyware to your computer.

Getting Rid of Browser Plugins

There are several steps you can take to avoid browser plugins, as well as get rid of existing ones.

* Don’t click on popups! They are no good. They have nothing valuable to offer. Stay away from them.

* Remove unwanted programs from your start-up menu. You may be running a browser plugin every time you turn on your computer. Clean up your system to avoid such unwanted programs.

* Install antispyware software. This is the best way to search for and destroy browser plugins. Antispyware software will also help you to avoid acquiring any new browser plugins.

* Be careful when downloading. Even when a program is free and appears legitimate, you may be unknowingly downloading spyware along with the program.

By following these steps and using common sense when surfing the web, you are likely to avoid many of the dangerous spyware that lurks on the web. Continue to stay informed on the latest threats from hackers and the latest software to combat them, and you’ll be well on your way to protecting your computer and personal information.