But look a little closer and
you will also find many excellent free programs able to detect
and remove Spyware. A good resource to start with is
Spyware Info, they
carry recomendations for all sorts of software products that
concern Internet privacy. There are even a site (Spyware
Checker) with almost a thousand software titles in their
database that will tell you if your software is spyware or
not. You just type in the software you'd like to download, and
the site will tell you if it's Spyware or not. Other sites
will walk you through the process to delete the software
without leaving any Spyware behind on you system.
Turning the Tables, When
spying is good
Finding software to actually
spy for you is not quite so simple. Why would you need spy
software? If your kids are online you need to know what they
are seeing and who they are chatting with. If you have
employees you need to know that they are productive.
You can find software that
will record all e-mail
and instant message communication. You can record images
of the computer screen, and even have them sent to your e-mail
address. There is software that will limit the amount of time
spent on the Internet, or limit the kinds of sites visited.
You won't find this kind of
software for free, but there are Internet sites dedicated to
selling and supporting this
software. Protecting your computer from Spyware is
important, but making sure your kids are safe from the darker
side of the Internet should be an even greater priority.