Spyware is software that covertly gathers information about you while you navigate the internet. These programs track your online activities, including the websites you visit, advertisement banners you click, and search engines you use. Spyware is a tool used by Internet marketers to collect your personal data. You may unknowingly install spyware when you download programs from the Internet, install software from disks, or open suspicious email attachments. Spyware can modify your computer's settings, activate pop-ups, record the websites you visit, or display advertisements on your screen. Spyware usually runs in your computer?s background, causing your computer and surfing speed to run slow. Malicious spyware can log every key stroke you type on your keyboard and return this information back to its originator. As a result, you could become a victim of identity theft.
Because it usually embeds itself within your registry files, spyware is difficult to remove without a tool for detecting spyware. We recommend you download and install AT&T Internet Security, from the AT&T Software Center. Note:
Spyware may be embedded in software you have licensed from a third party pursuant. A separate license agreement may require that you install and run the spyware in order to utilize the other software. AT&T Internet Services strongly recommends that you carefully review all software licenses to which you have agreed. If you use a utility to remove spyware, AT&T Internet Services is not responsible should a breach of a license agreement occur. See all important details