Adware, Spyware, Firewall, Antivirus, System Monitor, Privacy, Parental Control Software – A Glossary
A form of advertising that is being integrated in most of the free software’s. They are usually commercial banner ads or popup advertisements, which slows down the system process. Adware gets installed without the user’s knowledge, when the user downloads certain free software for his own purpose.
Adware Remover or Ad-ware removal tools are kind of internet security tools which prevents and protects a user from adware’s getting installed without his/her knowledge, while downloading free software’s over the internet. An Adware removal tool is also known as Adware Blockers.
Spyware is a form of software that gathers the computer activity and information secretly and transits to third parties when a user surfs the Internet. Spyware gets downloaded and installed automatically without the user’s knowledge.
Anti Spyware or Spyware Removers is software that is developed to detect and remove spying software being installed in a computer. Notably most of the spyware removal tools are developed in a way that it not only eliminates spy bots but also malwares, key loggers, root kits, browser hijackers, worms, Trojan horses, and other potential computer viruses.
Malware is termed as Malicious Software. Any software that is designed to disrupt a network, in the form of viruses, worms, Trojans, or any other illegal programs is termed as Malware.
Keyloggers are programs that are being installed invisibly in a user’s computer without his /her knowledge to record the entire keyboard / keystroke activity, and pass it on to third parties, online thieves such as phisher or hackers.
Rootkits are small programs designed to steal passwords, and other confidential information from a computer, without the users’ knowledge. These Rootkits captures the user’s personal and confidential information and transfers it to hackers.
Firewall is also known as hacker intrusion prevention system or access control software. A firewall monitors the system traffic and alerts the user when there is some suspicious network that tries to gain access to the computer. There are two types of firewall – Hardware Firewall & Software Firewall.
Antivirus is a software program, which scans, detects, and prevents a computer from potential virus attacks. Nowadays most of the Antivirus software comes not only with Virus protection tools, but also with adware protection and spyware prevention tools.
System monitor are application that are being installed in a computer, to monitor the entire performance and activity of a computer, and alerts the user when any miscellaneous application is trying to change the computer’s security settings.
Privacy control provides security for the users by providing him/her a security space to store all his personal / confidential details such as passwords, social security numbers and so on, which can be accessed only by the specified user.
Parental Control is a feature mostly used by parents, to block certain illegal, porn, gambling and other insecure websites, while their children surf over the internet. Nowadays privacy control and parental control features comes along with any internet security suite software’s.