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Beware of Spyware

Now, what is this spyware? In technical terms, spyware is a computer software that people put into your computer with the purpose of to intercept or take control over your interaction with your computer.

Spyware is rapidly becoming the curse of the country. It was estimated that thousands of Malaysians are infected each day!

The software that is installed in your computer without your knowledge will secretly monitors your behavior (the way you use your computer). It can log (make a record) on your activities, such as, where you surf, what email you use, where you send your email. Scarry, right?

Spyware can also interfere your control of your computer by installing additional software, redirecting your web browser's activities or even diverting advertising revenue to a third party.

How to combat this spyware things?

Luckily, small industries came to a rescue by producing anti-spyware software. You should get one to. Install and run your anti-spyware program so that you can have a sleep with a clear mind that your computer is safe and sound.

A study in 2005 showed that 61% of surveyed user's computers had some form of spyware. As many as 92% of the surveyed users with spyware inside their computer reported that they did not know of its presence. By 2006, spyware has become one of the preeminent security threat to computers running Microsoft Windows operting systems. The Webroot Software, makers of Spy Sweeper estimated that nine out of ten computers connected to the internet are infected.

Adware refers to any software which displays advertisement with or without the users consent. This software are are advertising-supported software and not a spyware. They did not spying, but they just advertise. Spyware and adware exploits infected computers for commercial gains.

Unlike viruses or worms, spyware and adware did not usually self-replicate. It also did not wipe out your whole system.

What should you do?
Choose an anti-spyware program. However, choosing anti-spyware to get rid of the problems is fraught with its own difficulties as there are over 300 products available in the market (or online markets). Examples of anti-spyware programs are Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Professional, Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (beta), PC Tools Spyware Doctor 3.2, Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4, Spy Cleaner 8.4, Steganos AntiSpyware Generation 7, Sunbelt CounterSpy, Trend Micro AntiSpyware 3, and Webroot Spy Sweeper 4.



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