Saturday, October 14, 2006

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Spyware defined.

Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent.

Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information.

That does not mean all software which provides ads or tracks your online activities is bad. For example, you might sign up for a free music service, but "pay" for the service by agreeing to receive targeted ads.

If you understand the terms and agree to them, you may have decided that it is a fair tradeoff. You might also agree to let the company track your online activities to determine which ads to show you.

Other kinds of spyware make changes to your computer that can be annoying and can cause your computer slow down or crash.

These programs can change your Web browser's home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you don't need or want. These programs also make it very difficult for you to change your settings back to the way you originally had them.

The key in all cases is whether or not you (or someone who uses your computer) understand what the software will do and have agreed to install the software on your computer.

There are a number of ways spyware or other unwanted software can get on your system. A common trick is to covertly install the software during the installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program.

Whenever you are installing something on your computer, make sure you carefully read all disclosures, including the license agreement and privacy statement. Sometimes the inclusion of unwanted software in a given software installation is documented, but it may appear at the end of a license agreement or privacy statement.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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The voice of security for Windows Vista.

n Vista, Windows Security Center reports on firewall, antivirus, spyware protection, Internet security settings and Windows security technology called User Account Control. The feature sits in the Windows Control Panel and pops up any time there is a security alert, such as when antivirus protection is disabled or the firewall is turned off.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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New Exploit Rocks IE, Downloads Scores Of Spyware, Adware

The new exploit seems to have a connection to WebAttacker, an multi-exploit attack "kit" created by a Russian group that sells for as little as $15 to $20. "We think that this new exploit is inside a new [version of the] kit," said Sites. "If that's true, then it will end up all over the place."

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Zero-Day IE Attacks Being Used By Porn Sites

The exploit has been seeded at several porn sites hosted in Russia and is being used to launching drive-by malware downloads that appear to be hijacking Windows machines for use in botnets.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

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Former spyware company settles with FTC for $2 million

According to the complaint, the defendents and their affiliates enticed users into installing spyware under the guise of offering supposed freeware music files, cell phone ring tones, photographs, wallpaper and song lyrics.

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Canada For Sale, First Come First Served

When government's encourage foreign ownership and investment, they aren't going to be placing conditions on how the money is spent. Wouldn't want them to think we don't want them here now, would we

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

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Appeals Court Upholds 10 Million e-mails/day Spammer's 9 year Conviction

Jeremy Jaynes, of Raleigh, N.C., considered among the top 10 spammers in the world at the time of his arrest, used the Internet to peddle pornography and sham products and services, prosecutors said. Thousands of people fell for his scam, grossing Jaynes' operations up to $750,000 per month, investigators said.

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Inside Windows Vista RC1

Is Windows Vista ready for prime time? Microsoft is throwing open the doors on a very large public test of Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1), which means for anyone who has a hankering to try it before it costs money, this is likely your last chance. So, whether or not it's ready, over 5 million people will be invited to find out. Microsoft is clearl

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Friday, September 08, 2006

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Yahoo! Site Explorer

Yahoo! Site Explorer: "yahoo_authkey_b756f662b898e50d.txt, put this string 9608fab3c7a9561f "
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Comreturn Spyware And Anti-virus removal and prevention!

There is a very wide range of anti-virus and spyware removal tools on the net today .I am going to touch on the programs available as freeware , ( Software that is free period and without adware and other malicious code inserted into the program ) Spybot search and destroy is an excellent "FREEWARE" program and can be DOWNLOADED HERE! (free and tested by me NO catches! ) spybot comes in all language formats ...

Freeware is in general a risky venture in the fact that software developers are being paid by advertisers to insertsome kind of money making code in their product .
There are reputable programs available that I have tested and in some cases I am still using These utilities I have no problem promoting as they have proven they are free of malware and are better in most cases than the paid for programs .

A lot of the big name programs ,while I am not going to knock them too hard ( Because these are big and I know they will always have supporters "SOME PAID"! some just comfortable with the high priced support they offer.) I find if you are willing to try and do it yourself you will have more control over your system and your processer memory . Take it or leave it some of the big names suck a lot of resources while running in the background .

Also the issue of safe browsing is also a question you need to ask yourself !If you are into file sharing programs such as kazzaa without proper instruction on the risks involved then there WILL BE TROUBLE ! There is a little thing called bad neighborhoods on the internet the same as anywhere else .

If you are going to the bank machine at midnight there is good chance you are going to get ROBBED , DON'T BE STUPID .

Downloading of every free program you see is also another way of getting serious infection in your system. Some people i have talked with have not had security programs of any consequence or problems until their browsing habits changed or interests in hardware and software needed updateing and they went looking for a fix and thought free was the way to go.