If you have ever had your PC infected with spyware, you know how devastating it can be. There is always uncertainty as to whether you must reformat your computer because there are still traces of the virus, or that you have completely removed the spyware. This article will show you how to block spyware in the first place so that it (hopefully) will never even get on your computer. In this article, find out where to get a free spyware blocker.
A lot of spyware can come from online adverts with a malicious intent. The host site most of the time does not know that an ad contains a zero-day exploit with malware, so they don't know how to block it. Getting a simple browser add on to block adverts can solve half of the spyware problem. If you are using Mozilla FireFox, simply visit Add-ons.Mozilla.org. Then search for "AdBlock Plus". This extension should be the first one to come up in the results. Click on this, and follow the on screen instructions to install. Once you have installed it, you will be presented with a "Subscriptions" screen. You must select "EasyList USA" to block almost every ad. Not installing a subscription will force the blocker to not block anything at all.
The other type of antispyware that is essential to any home user is a software that blocks spyware after it enters your computer. Spyware can come in many forms, including from someone who tricks you into running a program, and then steals your information once you run it. Another way in which it can come is bundled into a freeware program. Sometimes, even anti-viruses cannot pick these up, as hackers can encrypt the spyware source and then compile it, thus removing any sort of identifiable signature. It is therefore smart to use your existing anti-virus (such as Stopzilla) with the Ad Blocker listed above as well as a malware behaviour blocker. One such blocker is "Emsisoft Mamutu". This is a program that recognises certain malware behaviours (like making a hidden internet connection to a foreign server). You can then choose whether it is a legitimate program or you want to block it.