Eastern Michigan University

SpywareSpyware

Spyware is a type of malicious software that collects information without your knowledge, typically sending it to a third party, or directing ads to your computer without your permission.

Unlike viruses and worms, spyware is not self-replicating, and thus does not spread from one infected machine to another. It does, however, allow the author of the spyware to exploit your machine in a number of ways:

  • Direct pop-up ads to your computer
  • Redirect your browser to advertising or malware-infected sites
  • Steal your usernames and passwords from legitimate sites
  • Steal your credit card and other financial details

You can minimize spyware infections in two ways:

  1. Know what you are installing. If a pop-up window requests permission to install software and you did NOT request it, cancel the operation.
  2. Install an anti-spyware solution. There are several inexpensive and even free options available from trusted companies. 
Division of Information Technology

118 Pray Harrold

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.487.3141

Fax: 734.481.9290