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The major ISPs, such as EarthLink and MSN, include software to detect and remove spyware from your computer as you surf the net and download files. Spyware, or adware, is a program that downloads and installs itself on your computer. It can then display random popup ads on your computer, send back information about your surfing habits, and generally slow your computer down. EarthLink uses SpyBlocker and MSN uses SpySweeper to combat Spyware on your computer.