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.Chiem wasn’t that big of a deal, I guess.

When my spyware scan told me that I had .chiem, I was kind of confused. I had thought, since the network snafu at the university last year, that it was a worm, not adware. Well, I guess they’re running out of names for these things, huh? It’s not that I’m not glad it wasn’t the worm, because believe me, I am.

See, with adware, you only get advertisements and wasted memory, usually. Sometimes there might be a little extra thing that might steal some valuable information. Worms can actually burn out your memory sticks. They’re also easily sent by way of Instant Messengers and what not versus downloading from a website; although that does happen.

What I had was the adware version, complete with pop up ads, slow operating speed on my computer, glitchy web surfing and programs crashing, you know, the normal stuff. What I didn’t count on was that my old spyware removal tool couldn’t get rid of it. It found it well enough, but just couldn’t kill it.

So, I did some shopping around online. I skipped using search terms like “number 1” or “best” simply because I’d been around long enough to know everyone says that. I decided to go for “100% removal guarantee” instead. That’s how I found ZookaWare PC Cleaner.

It is, simply put, the best thing out there. They deliver on their 100% removal promise if not the first time, then definitely the second. Here’s how that works:  They have a bot that constantly searches the internet for new spyware programs to protect against. If, by some fluke, you do a scan before this bot finds your bug, it will let you know it found something that it has to research first. Within the next couple of minutes, it will have zapped your bug.

A word of warning about .Broadcap

There are several places on the internet that should normally be avoided to skirt the possibility of spyware infection. Porn sites, Peer to Peer file sharing communities like Kazaa and the now shut down Grokster, freeware sites, and casino sites are all notorious for endangering your computer. Peer to Peer file sharing groups are especially bad this way. Grokster.com, besides being shut down for copyright violations, was notorious for infecting their members’ computers with adware, specifically .Broadcap.

This Trojan is a severe risk to your computer. Once infected, it searches your Temporary Files folder for information on your browsing habits. Usually, adware programs seem to be limited to finding your browsing history, bookmarks, and tracking cookies, but there is always the potential for them to find more. This might include your credit card, bank account and PayPal information if you’ve used these services online. Unless you have top of the line spyware protection, you should always clear your browser’s cache after making transactions this way.

After it gathers this information, this program sends it to a remote server. Your information is then stored on a database, and advertisements are downloaded to your computer. These ads appear in pop ups, banners, popunders, and sometimes infected weblinks. A particular feature of broadcap is that the advertisements you get are in full screen video form. As you can imagine, these files are way larger than if you just had a picture or link pop up. This ultimately makes this parasite a particular burden on your computer’s performance. Not only does it use your computer’s memory to run these videos without your permission, it uses up the bandwidth of your internet connection to send out your information to a complete stranger, and download files that you don’t want on your computer. Since how much bandwidth you have depends on how much memory your computer has, it costs you even more memory to have this albatross around your neck. Another particular feature is that it may pretend to be a Microsoft update service, and pop up a request to update the Microsoft .Net framework. I wouldn’t trust it. It would be too easy to get more spyware this way.

Consequently, your computer will start running slower, since it has to process all of this activity. Even worse, many of your programs may wind up having errors and have to quit. This is especially true of your internet browsers!  Let’s assume that you don’t see any advertisements, but your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox takes forever to load and sometimes crashes on you. It’s a good time to be suspicious, and make a spyware scan.

Even though Grokster is history, .Broadcap isn’t. As always, I recommend that you be armed with the best spyware removal program out there. My ZookaWare PC Cleaner is the state of the art antispyware on the net. We have a bot scanning the internet for updates 24/7, we have protection from future infections, and our scans take 10-15 minutes, unlike most programs that take at least an hour! Best of all, we have the 100% removal guarantee that no one else can offer. Try it and see!

How to Get the Best Spyware Scan

Spyware is a crafty and insidious threat that can invade your privacy, bombard you with popup windows, slow down your computer, and even make your computer crash. To fight spyware takes patience and a little bit of time, however, with the right tools and a proactive approach to preventing spyware, you can keep on top of it.

Here are several ways you can help protect your computer against spyware and other unwanted software.

The first step in a great spyware line of defense is to use a firewall. While most spyware and other unwanted software come bundled with other programs or originate from unscrupulous websites, a small amount of spyware can actually be placed on your computer remotely by hackers. Installing a firewall can provide a helpful defense against the hackers and ultimately help you to prevent spyware from invading your computer.

The second step is to constantly keep your software updated.  To effectively prevent spyware, you need to make sure that you have the latest and greatest editions, whether it be your firewall or antispyware software.  Many programs designed to prevent spyware will prompt you to check for updates when you first open them; if the programs you choose do not give you this prompt, it is a good idea to go directly to the website to check for updates.

Third, adjust your Internet Explorer settings (or other Internet browser); only you can control how much or how little information you are willing to accept from a website. At a very minimum, put your settings at Medium; this can be done by going to Tools > Internet Options in Internet Explorer.

Be suspicious when it comes to your email.  Do not open spam or any email from people unknown to you or with an attachment that you are not expecting.  Websites that are advertised in spam email can try and plant dialers or other types of pesky software on your computer.

Always use antispyware software to scan your computer.  If you don’t already have it, go find it right now.  I cannot tell you how critical this is in the quest to prevent spyware.  And run more than one program. With new spyware being created every single day, there is no one program that will catch them all. Scan your computer often.

Finally, surf safely.  The best way to prevent spyware is to not download it in the first place.  Only download programs from websites that you know and trust. If you’re not sure of a program, do a Google search or ask a friend who is tech-savvy. Make sure you read all security warnings before running anything and never click ‘agree’ or ‘okay’ to close a window, always click the red x.

The fight to prevent spyware is as much an art as it is a course in being vigilant.  Spyware can clog up your computer and slow it down to a snail’s pace; follow the above tips to keep your computer clear of unwanted junk.

If you think you might be in need of a spyware scan click the button below to download ZookaWare PC Cleaner and run a free scan today.

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