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What is Spyware?

Spyware is software installed on your computer without your consent to monitor or control your computer use. Clues that spyware is on a computer may include a barrage of pop-ups, a browser that takes you to sites you don't want, unexpected toolbars or icons on your computer screen, keys that don't work, random error messages, and sluggish performance when opening programs or saving files. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all.
Source (OnGuard Online)

What should I know?

To reduce the risk of spyware being installed on your computer:

  • Update your operating system and Web browser software regularly.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
    • USD has a comprehensive site license for Norton’s Symantec virus protection software, for Windows and Macintosh. Download it free here (MySanDiego login required): Virus Updates
  • Use a firewall.
  • Download free software only from sites you know and trust.
  • Don't click on links inside pop-ups or in unsolicited e-mails.
  • Get a free security check-up through

Report spyware on your computer

If you believe that your computer has spyware, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.