When using online applications including the email marketing system, or just browsing the web, spyware, adware and toolbars can cause the following issues :
- Excessive random pop-up ads
- Disappearing text in email editor
- Moving text in email editor
- Session expired messages
- Unfamiliar toolbars
- System often freezes and crashes
- System slowness
Spyware, adware and toolbars are a growing problem and often do not get caught by anti-virus applications. These unwanted applications can be installed on your computer without you even knowing.
Removing these from your computer will improve your computer's performance and help protect your privacy. Please view the information below on how to remove spyware, adware and unwanted toolbars from your computer.
The SpyBot - Search & Destroy website may assist you with checking for and removing Spyware from your computer.
The Lavasoft website may assist you with checking for and removing adware from your computer.
Removing Unwanted Toolbars
Click here for a website which may assist you in removing Hotbars.
Most toolbars will have an uninstall button. If a toolbar does not have an uninstall button there is much information on google search on removal instructions for different types of toolbars.
Spyware is an application installed on a computer without the user's knowledge. This can be picked up from visiting particular websites, downloading and exchanging files, sharing music etc.
Spyware allows hackers and advertising companies to track all your computer activity, both online and offline. Spyware can track the keystrokes you make, websites you visit, the keyword terms you use in search engines, the items you buy online, the emails you send and receive, your Instant Message dialog, and they can even record your credit card number, personal identification numbers, and all of your computer and Internet passwords.
Adware are applications that are installed on to your computer via downloaded files or included with music sharing programs. Adware software allows advertising companies to inundate you continual pop-up ads.
Adware can also add unfamiliar icons to your desktop or start menu. It can change your home page, web browser and add search bars, causing you to view search results that only they want to see.
A toolbar is a series of buttons and menus in an application, which allows the user to perform functions quickly using the mouse. They are usually located under your normal toolbar in your web browser. They are usually free to download and look fun.
There are many toolbars out there which are purported to be spyware. These toolbars send information about your web browsing and email habits to advertisement companies, which, in turn, send you more pop-up ads, junk email, and potentially even pornographic emails or virus programs.