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Spyware and Adware

From Mary Landesman, your guide to Antivirus Software, spyware and adware information, spyware scanners, free tools and tips to help stop adware and spyware.

What is Spyware and Anti-Spyware Software?
People often make the mistake of depending solely on their antivirus application for protection against malware. While some antivirus software is more than capable of providing protection from various forms of malware, one form of protection is often not enough. You may need to use a combination of utilities to fully protect your system. An additional utility that can provide enhanced security is anti-spyware software.

Drive-by Download
Drive-by Downloads are malicious attacks that can infect your computer. Learn more about this threat.

Spyware Prevention
Spyware is a form of malware that can infect your computer and reconfigure your Internet browser settings by changing your home page and modifying your search results. Due to the seriousness of spyware and the harm it can do to your system and personal information, it is highly recommended you take the following measures to prevent spyware from overtaking your system.

What is Spyware Software?
What is Spyware Software? Do you need Spyware Software for your computer?

Julie Amero Case About Law, Not Adware
Adware is at the center of debates over the Julie Amero case, in which a 40-year old substitue teacher was convicted after a classroom computer began spewing pornography. Supporters of Amero claim the computer was infested with adware. And that's entirely plausible. But whether the computer was or wasn't infested with adware is beside the point. Here's why.

Trojan-Clicker.JS.Iframe.bb
Trojan-Clicker.JS.Iframe.bb is Kaspersky detection for the adjuggler iframe, which in and of itself is not malware. Adjuggler is an ad rotation service that automatically swaps out banner advertising based on the referrer and destination URLs.

Symantec and Spybot: War of the Words
There's a war of words happening between antivirus vendor Symantec and the makers of Spybot Search & Destroy. At the heart of the controversy is a recommendation in Norton Internet Security 2007 to uninstall Spybot S&D due to incompatibilities. So is Symantec the big bully some are claiming? Or, like most things in life, is there more to this story?

Microsoft AntiSpyware screenshots
Microsoft AntiSpyware screenshots

What is Adware and Spyware?
Adware and spyware often work hand-in-hand, slowing Internet connections to a crawl, bombarding desktops with popup ads, and compromising security. This article describes what adware and spyware are and offers tips to avoid infection.

Yo Mama, Osama
Osama shooting gallery cleverly disguised adware Trojan.

RFID Chips and Passports
RFID provides omnidirectional electronic storage technology on chips that can read, write, store, and transmit data in freely available international frequency bands. Beginning in October 2006, the U.S. State Department plans to implant RFID chips in all American passports.

Wotch Yourself
Free "Five Minutes of Fun" tool extracts a high price and teaches the importance of reading privacy policies and licensing agreements before clicking OK.

Trading privacy for protection
Some spyware scanners require we provide personal details in order to use the scanner. So in the end, who knows more about us - the adware and spyware purveyors or the spyware scanning vendors?

Watching you Watch
Privacy advocates charge Windows Media Player compiles viewing data.

Is all adware badware?
In the war against spyware, are legitimate advertising firms getting caught in the crossfire?

SpyCop
There's a difference between spyware dropped by overzealous marketeers and the secret surveillance software placed by soon-to-be ex-spouses, bosses, and devious co-workers. SpyCop protects you against the secret surveillance kind.

FTC cracks down on lonely housewives
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has lodged a complaint against those allegedly behind the so-called 'lonely housewives' spam.

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot-S&D is a very thorough adware/spyware detection and removal program. It even points out configuration options you've selected that leave your data vulnerable to prying eyes.

Spyware bills miss heart of problem
I-SPY and SPY Act have passed Congress, but experts believe these two bills miss the heart of the problem - and leave those who fight against adware/spwyare at risk

SpyWear
Technology dubbed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is being fitted to a chip the size of a rice grain that can be embedded in clothing and other devices and allow tracking via the Internet.

Yahoo web beacons may not shine with users
Yahoo web beacons are merely a marketing term for web bugs - invisible images used to track your email and surfing habits.

Adware - Spyware - Beware!
An excellent article on Adware and Spyware by Lee Seats, About.com guide to Freebies. Lee even includes links to (what else?) free protection against these menaces.

What's related.htm?
Related.htm is nothing more than a semi-useful feature that's there if you need it, that somehow got caught in the crosshairs of overzealous spyware protectors.

Porn Dialers
Surreptitously placed porn dialers change your dial-up account numbers and add hefty charges to your phone bill. Andreas Marx of AV-Test.org reports on this alarming trend. Requires Adobe Reader to view.

Microsoft's anti-spyware move not applauded by all
Microsoft’s decision to enter the spyware arena has not been without controversy. Those who blame Internet Explorer and Windows for the current spyware problem charge that the software giant is poised to charge for the misfortune they’ve allegedly caused.

Inside Spyware
Inside Spyware by Intranet Journal provides a comprehensive guide for finding, removing, and preventing online pests.

Spyware: how prevalent is it?
Though headlines declare otherwise, the spyware problem may be less severe than claimed.

Porn + Junk = Surfbar
This spamware drops hundreds of porn site shortcuts to the desktop and installs a "toolbar" pointing to dozens more.

SpyWear
SpyWear: What does your clothing say about you?

Xupiter Toolbar
Of all forms of Adware and Spyware, Xupiter Toolbar seems to take the lead in creating angst among users. Much of the angst stems from users who feel certain they never knowingly agreed to the installation of Xupiter Toolbar.

Spybot Search and Destroy
Spybot Search and Destroy, a.k.a. Spybot-S&D (or just plain Spybot), is one of the most popular anti-spyware packages available. It is also free.

Browser Hijacking
Often accused of being drive-by downloads, these pesky Internet parasites can quickly take advantage of an improperly secured system. Find out how to protect yourself and which tools remove the pests.

Preventing Adware & Spyware
Considering the lengths some companies will go to in order to ensure their adware/spyware cannot be easily removed, the best protection is prevention. Fortunately, preventing adware and spyware is simple enough and won't cost you a dime.

Inside Spyware
Inside Spyware by Intranet Journal provides a comprehensive guide for finding, removing, and preventing online pests.

Porn Dialers
Surreptitously placed porn dialers change your dial-up account numbers and add hefty charges to your phone bill. Andreas Marx of AV-Test.org reports on this alarming trend. Requires Adobe Reader to view.

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot-S&D is a very thorough adware/spyware detection and removal program. It even points out configuration options you've selected that leave your data vulnerable to prying eyes.

SpyCop
There's a difference between spyware dropped by overzealous marketeers and the secret surveillance software placed by soon-to-be ex-spouses, bosses, and devious co-workers. SpyCop protects you against the secret surveillance kind.

IE Security Add-ons
Learn the best security add-ons for IE

Seedabutor.b
Seedabutor.B is malicious. Learn how to remove this malware.

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