How Spyware Works on the Computer
Spyware on the computer also steals personal information by recording phone calls and monitoring the user’s computer activities. Once spyware gets into the computer, it gains direct access to the camera and mic, enabling it to turn on the camera to watch the user and record conversations without being exposed.
One sure sign of spyware on the computer is the annoying pop-ups. Adware is spyware that generates random pop ups that redirect the user to malicious websites. It is also used to collect information about the user’s browsing activities, the information is sold to advertisers for marketing purposes. If the computer doesn’t have the best anti spyware protection, the malicious website can install more malware such as trojan, ransomware, virus, and worm on the computer through a drive-by-download.
Another sign of spyware on the computer is weird add-ons on the web browser toolbar. The malicious add-ons are used to track the user’s online searches and transmit the information to a C&C server or Command and Control Server that is controlled by the hacker. If you notice a suspicious add-on, uninstall it. It could be spyware.