AntiVirus and Anti-Spyware Solutions
What is Anti-Spyware Software?
Anti-spyware is a type of software that is designed to detect and remove unwanted spyware programs. Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on a computer without the user's knowledge in order to collect information about them. This can pose a security risk to the user, but more frequently spyware degrades system performance by taking up processing power, installing additional software, or redirecting users' browser activity.
Anti-spyware software detects spyware through rules-based methods or based on downloaded definition files that identify common spyware programs. Anti-spyware software can be used to find and remove spyware that has already been installed on the user's computer, or it can act much like an anti-virus program by providing real-time protection and preventing spyware from being downloaded in the first place. Most modern-day security suites bundle anti-spyware functionality alongside anti-virus protection, personal firewalls, etc.