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What do I have to be worried about?

Honestly, a lot of things – spyware, viruses, adware, malware; the list goes on and on.

What is spyware/adware/malware anyway?

Spyware, adware and malware (will be referred to as spyware from here on) are small programs that install on your computer either by piggybacking on top of another piece of software, through Peer2Peer networks (such as the gnutella network or FastTrack network), or from infected websites.

Some free software makers distribute spyware with their software to recoup the cost of production, while some websites bundle spyware with software that they distribute with out the consent of the author.

Once your computer becomes infected with spyware you may experience pop-up ads, your internet connection may seem slower, your PC may feel sluggish, or may try to trick you to purchase useless software.

My PC has some new virus software on it that is saying I have a whole lot of problems…

You have what is known as a Smitfraud infection. Smitfraud is a malware infection that gets on your computer through infected Adobe Flash online ads and will try to trick you into purchasing the software. Do NOT purchase this software – you are just giving your money away.