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Some helpful information on spyware

Post  gio_in.the.house on Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:57 pm

Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and that collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user's personal computer. Sometimes, however, spywares such as keyloggers are installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer on purpose in order to secretly monitor other users.

While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user's behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as Internet surfing habits and sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software and redirecting Web browser activity. Spyware is known to change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and/or loss of Internet or functionality of other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is captured under the term privacy-invasive software.

In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security practices for computers, especially those running Microsoft Windows. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user's computer. The US Federal Trade Commission has placed on the Internet a page of advice to consumers about how to lower the risk of spyware infection, including a list of "do's" and "don'ts."

Source: Wikipedia.org

My PC has detected some viruses/trojans carrying the name 'figaro.sys', 'braviax.exe' and 'wisdstr.exe'.
These files are actually tracking cookies that install themselves into your system. The only way to get rid of them is to enter C:\WINDOWS\system32 and delete wisdstr.exe. For braviax.exe and figaro.sys, enter C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch and delete it immediately. For protection against any other type of virus, the best free anti-virus I recommend is AVG Free. The latest version of AVG can be found in the software section.

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Re: Some helpful information on spyware

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