Chances are, you most likely know what computer malware is and that it’s something you want to avoid at all costs. But you likely aren’t aware of the many different categories of malware that exist today. Two major categories of malware out to get you and your computer are Grayware and Adware/Spyware.
Grayware is the seemingly most innocuous, appearing in the form of potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. While at first they don’t appear to do anymore than slow your computer down and cause minor annoyances, like pop-ups. However, these malicious programs are only the tip of the iceberg and can open the door to much worse malware and security issues.
Adware is similar to Grayware. Only, its purpose is to collect information about you and use this information to generate fraudulent advertisements tailored to you or sell your information to third-party companies. Adware comes in many forms, the most popular of these being an unwanted toolbar or browser extension. Commonly working in tangent with Adware, is Spyware. Which, much like adware, lives to record everything you do on your computer. However, Spyware usually has much more nefarious intent.
If you suspect your computer might be infected with any of the previously mentioned Grayware, bring your computer to Computers On The Run and we’ll make sure that no one is getting access to your information.