Spyware is basically any technology that helps gather information about a computer user without their knowledge. Adware is any software with banner advertisements displayed while it is running. Malware is any software that is harmful to a computer user, such as a virus or spyware.
Invasion of privacy is not the only harm these can do. Some spyware and adware are classified as malware because they alter the files used for connecting to the Internet in an unwanted way. This change causes the operating system to process more information about what the malware wants rather then what the user wants. As a result, the Internet access will seem slow or disconnected, or so many pop-ups will spawn that the Internet or computer is unusable.
If you feel that you may have any Spyware, Adware, or Malware you can go to our Downloads page and choose one of the Protection programs to download and scan your computer.