If you are a computer user then you have probably come across spyware sometime during your computer career. One brush with this type of nasty malware will make you invest in anti-spyware and anti-virus software for evermore. To keep your computer free from malicious coding of any sort, you need to use anti-spyware in addition to firewalls and anti-virus software. And instead of using free programs, you need to invest in reliable software that you pay for. With the plethora of aggressive and new computer system threats appearing on a daily basis, you need to secure your computer as quickly and as tightly as possible.
If you do not protect your computer you are leaving yourself open to a wide variety of threats. You will be deluged with adware and the pop-ups they encourage, spyware that can steal your identity, and viruses and that can be passed on to anyone you send an e-mail to no matter how careful you are. You will lose control over your computer and your internet settings and it will simply drive you insane when you attempt to return everything back to the way it was. Spyware will run rampant on your computer and who knows who will be spying on you on the other end. You could lose all of your personal information, including credit card numbers, bank account information and more.
You can easily see why it is important to use anti-spyware software on your computer from the day you first turn it on. You really don't want a stranger, especially a malevolent one to get a hold of your personal banking information. And you won't be only dealing with spyware and adware. You will also start dealing with pornware, viruses, worms, Trojans, pop-ups and more, incurring computer problems galore and possible sky high phone bills from automatic dialers that burrow their way onto your computer system.
The sad part about all of this is that there are many people out there that have not secured their computer systems properly and are probably dealing with the effects of spyware and other malicious code. These programs run the system, not you, and if they tap into your e-mail address book you can be assured that everyone else in it is getting the viruses and malware that is affecting your computer.
Instead of worrying about paying awful amounts of money on a phone bill you didn't incur, invest $50 in a good, reliable anti-virus program that is complete with anti-spyware and a firewall. These bundled packages will provide you with updates to the database of malicious code and will help protect your computer from other code that may come in via the internet simply from web surfing. It will save you money in the long run, especially if it keeps you from having to purchase a brand new computer.
Make sure you keep your security settings high once you add these programs to your safety arsenal. This way you control what is added to your computer and what is collected by websites you visit and not the other way around.