A sudden change in how your computer is running could be a
sign of spyware or adware. There are several reasons your
computer may be running slow. Spyware, trojans and
other related programs contact other computers, using system resources such
as CPU cycles, memory and an Internet connection bandwidth.
Use the following information to improve the system
resources and performance of your PC.
Are CD drives
opening and shutting, or programs opening and closing?
Is your hard
drive whirling away when you're not doing anything?
Is there an
unknown icon in your Windows system tray (lower right corner
of your screen)?
If you have
an external modem, there may be lights blinking indicating
data transfers when you're not doing anything online. These
are all signs a program may be up to no good in the
Pop-Up adds appear even when you are not online
from spyware software are designed to look like they've been
served up by a legitimate website. As a
result, you may not recognize them as a symptom of
infection. There's no way to be sure. But if the contents of
the ad seems strange, or if you're getting pop-up ads when
you're not even surfing the Internet, it's very likely that
they are being served up by spyware software.
getting a lot of bounced back mail and see evidence of
e-mails being sent without your knowledge, then it's
possible trojan spamware has found its way onto your
computer. Spamware is a trojan that can turn your computer
into a spam launching pad and create headaches for unknowing
computer users, especially if a virus is sent. Even if your
computer is not being used to send spam, trojans can steal a
copy of your e-mail address book and send it back to a