Viruses aren’t restricted to your home computers. If you download infected software, you may end up with spyware or malware on your smartphone, the same way you may discover it on your laptop or PC. Viruses have been around long enough to leave many computer users with a bad taste in their memory banks, but you can’t get rid of them if you can’t properly identify them. Not all software that behaves differently than what was expected is malicious–and that’s important to know if you want to change it.
Toolbars are a part of many different software programs, and they’ve become extremely necessary for navigating programs that some companies specialize in offering nothing but toolbars. But because toolbars are popular, they’re also a target for hidden viruses. You may download a toolbar and unknowingly introduce malicious software or spyware into your smartphone as a result. Malicious software could change the way your programs operate, erase data and otherwise damage your smartphone. Spyware is a virus that’s designed to track your movements and record data about you, including information that may include password and banking data.
Toolbars can be a source of hidden viruses, but some toolbar software are perfectly harmless. Zugo LTD guarantees malware- and spyware-free toolbars that contain no malicious software whatsoever. You may safely download Zugo products, which are tested to meet certain quality standards, without fearing for your smartphone or computer.
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It’s easy to download software to your smartphone or computer; all it takes is a few clicks of the mouse button. But software doesn’t always behave as expected, as this is where some users may become confused. Zugo toolbars, once installed, will automatically change your homepage to Bing. Other toolbars and software programs may exhibit similar behavior; it’s not an uncommon practice. But some users can find this change very jarring, and may assume that their system has been compromised in some way after it occurs. A change of this nature isn’t an automatic red flag, and may not mean that you have been infected with a malicious software program. Users who already have their homepages set to Bing, for instance, may not even notice that a change has taken place. It is important to run regular virus scans to protect your system from harmful software, and download programs only from sites that are virus-free.
If a program or toolbar you’ve installed behaves in a way you don’t like, search for the program on your system to uninstall it. If you can’t find an uninstall file for the program, try going to the web page where you downloaded the software. Often, the page will provide an uninstall link or instructions to help you accomplish the task.
Do you have additional tips on how to prevent spyware and malware from ruining your smartphones? Let us know in the comments.