How Spyware Works

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    BeSt_Of_ALL
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    Spyware is a category of computer programs that attach themselves to your operating system in nefarious ways. They can suck the life out of your computer’s processing power. They are designed to track your Internet habits, nag you with unwanted sales offers or generate traffic for their host Web site. According to recent estimates, more than two-thirds of all personal computers are infected with some kind of spyware [ref]. But before you chuck your computer out the window and move to a desert island, you might want to read on. In this article we’ll explain how spyware gets on your computer, what it does there and how to get rid of it.

    Some people mistake spyware for a computer virus. A computer virus is a piece of code designed to replicate itself as many times as possible, spreading from one host computer to any other computers connected to it. It usually has a payload that may damage your personal files or even your operating system.

    Spyware, on the other hand, is generally not designed to damage your computer. Spyware is broadly defined as any program that gets into your computer without permission and hides in the background while it makes unwanted changes to your user experience. The damage it does is more a by-product of its main mission, which is to serve you targeted advertisements or make your browser display certain sites or search results.

    At present, most spyware targets only the Windows operating system. Some of the more notorious spyware companies include Gator, Bonzi Buddy, 180 Solutions, DirectRevenue, Cydoor, CoolWebSearch, Xupiter, XXXDial and Euniverse.

    HOW SPYWARE GETS INTO YOUR COMPUTER?

    Spyware usually gets onto your machine because of something you do, like clicking a button on a pop-up window, installing a software package or agreeing to add functionality to your Web browser. These applications often use trickery to get you to install them, from fake system alert messages to buttons that say “cancel” when they really do the opposite.
    [admin edit:came from somewhere on google.. and we place a copyright :)]

    #30536
    sk8er
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    this comes from someone that didnt know popups had spyware?

    #30537
    Anonymous
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    Cause he’s just copying and pasting it from other places and NOT CITING HIS SOURCES!

    /me makes a new rule about that…

    #30538
    sk8er
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    copyright 🙂

    #30539
    BeSt_Of_ALL
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    lol yep ur right i copied n pasted it over here…. just found it interesting 🙂 by the way its just for begginers 🙂

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