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Why do I get spyware in my computer? The main reason for many spyware infections is that some program has entered your PC either by your own negligence or some type of trickery. Here are a few things to look out for so as to remain safe when browsing and downloading. Custom installs When installing downloaded software such as an update to Java (which you should keep up to date) the installer screen often provides a ‘quick install’ or ‘custom install’. Don’t be tempted by the quick route as this often installs other programs or toolbars you didn’t want. It’s only when you take the custom install route that you see those options. Note from the example here the screenshot from a Java update install.  The Java installer wants to install the Ask toolbar. This is clearly spyware and will infect your computer and add toolbars and change your search