InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter No. 10 - Spyware and Adware Facts July 31, 2003
Welcome to our tenth InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter - Spyware and Adware Facts. In this newsletter we discuss spyware and adware, and how to protect your computer from it.
Almost everyone has heard the terms "spyware" and "adware" and you have probably seen the numerous programs that are spyware cleaners and killers. However, I think many people are confused on how spyware programs work, and what remedies may be needed to protect their computers.
Spyware and Adware Defined
These programs evolved from shareware software authors' need to support
themselves. As many users of shareware programs did not pay to use the
software, shareware authors began imbedding advertising software, "adware"
into their programs.
Unfortunately, malicious hackers soon jumped on the spyware wagon and started imbedding computer viruses and trojan programs into software and email.
Who's at Risk of Spyware Programs?
Anyone that uses shareware or freeware could have spyware running on their computer. However those most at risk are people that use file sharing programs like Kazaa, BearShare, Morpheus, and LimeWire.
Protecting Your Computer from Spyware Programs
All computer users should have an up to date virus checker running
at all times. This should block the spyware's transmission of viruses
Recommended Spyware Cleaners
There are many good shareware and freeware spyware cleaning programs. I suggest you try one of these programs before you spend money on a commercial program. The shareware program I recommend you try is called AdAware and can be downloaded at www.lavasoftusa.com. A good listing of other spyware cleaners can be found at www.spychecker.com.
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