This can include but is not limited to your web browsing behavior, confidential data or personal information. This information is subsequently used to build a profile of the computer’s user so he or she can be targeted more effectively with spam and phishing messages.
Much of the spyware will promote itself as browser toolbars or add-ons, coupon printers, Internet accelerators, download managers, etc. Installing such software will slow down your computer instead of speeding it up, disclose personal information, and may result into more spam or phishing messages being sent to your email address. A more obvious sign of spyware, aka adware, are pop-ups that occur even when you don’t have an Internet browser open. Browser cookie files can also be spy-ware related.
Please use restraint when installing additional software on your Adelphi-owned computer—we also recommend the same protocol for your personal computer. When you do decide to install software, make sure that it is properly licensed.
If you feel that your computer has contracted spyware, please contact the IT Help Desk. Find anti-spyware software information at our Software Downloads page.