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What is Spyware?

Spyware is often installed as part of a 3rd party software package, without the users knowledge. Once installed, the software then proceeds to gather information about the users browsing habits and can sometimes monitor and track other personal information. Spyware has now become a broad term for any software operating without the users consent, which somehow benefits a 3rd party. Some direct effects include:

Adding affiliate links to shopping portals
Monitoring internet activity
Install other 3rd party applications
Adding new homepages, icons and favorite links
Identity Theft
Sluggish PC

Many systems are infected with Spyware/Adware without being noticed and attempts to remove the software is often difficult to achieve for the average user. The companies that distribute Spyware software often claim that the end user agreed to this monitoring whilst installing a certain software application (often browser toolbars and extensions). Howeve