What is spyware or spyware?
An application has been installed
on your computer without your knowledge. When running, this application has the
same access permissions as you. Everything you can access on your computer it
can also access (including all your documents and personal data that you have
not protected (see WinSesame) . Without
you realizing it, this application can collect and transmit a lot of personal
information. The consequences of such theft of personal data are not to be taken
In this case the spyware was installed against your will. But it can
also be an app that you installed on your own. This is sometimes the case with
free applications from some unscrupulous publishers who finance themselves by
reselling personal information transmitted in the background to the publisher's
server without you realizing it. It can also be a known application published in
open source and then recompiled by integrating a spy function and distributed as
an update, for example by email. Who says free, says large number of users and
therefore large volume of data and profitability of the operation. ATD-Guard
allows you to check that this type of application does not transmit personal
information and if not to block the connection to its server (although in this
case it is advisable to delete the application).
** ATD-Guard is not an
anti-virus program, but it can help protect you against parasitic applications
installed on your computer.