what is spyware

There are a lot of PC users that know little about “Spyware”, “Mal-ware”, “hijackers”, “Dialers” & much more. This will help you avoid pop-ups, spammers, and all those baddies.

What is spyware?

Spy-ware is Internet jargon for Advertising Supported software (Ad-ware). There are several large media companies that offer them to place banner ads in their products in exchange for a portion of the revenue from banner sales. This way, you don’t have to pay for the software and the developers are still getting paid. If you find the banners annoying, there is usually an option to remove them, by paying the regular licensing fee.

Known spyware

There are thousands out there, new ones are added to the list every day. But here are a few:
Alexa, Aureate/Radiate, BargainBuddy, Comet Cursor, eZula/KaZaa Toptext, Flashpoint/Flashtrack, Flyswat, Gator, GoHip, Hotbar, ISTbar, Lions Pride Enterprises/Blazing Logic/Trek Blue, Lop (C2Media), Mattel Broadcast, Morpheus, NewDotNet, Realplayer, Songspy, Xupiter, Web3000, WebHancer, Windows Messenger Service.

How to check if a program has spyware?

The is this Little site that keeps a database of programs that are known to install spyware.

Link: http://www.spywareguide.com/product_search.php

If you would like to block pop-ups (IE Pop-ups).
Their tons of different types out there, but these are the 2 best, I think.

If you want to remove the “spyware” try these.
Try Lavasoft Ad-Aware (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/) This program is Free
Info: Ad-aware is a multi spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them. The included backup-manager lets you reinstall a backup, offers and multi-language support.

Try Spybot-S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/) This program is Free
Info: Detects and removes spyware of different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer. Blocks ActiveX downloads, tracking cookies and other threats. Over 10,000 detection files and entries. Provides detailed information about found problems.

Try BPS Spyware and Adware Remover This program is Shareware
Info: Adware, spyware, trackware and big brotherware removal utility with multi-language support. It scans your memory, registry, and drives for known spyware and lets you remove them. Displays a list and lets you select the items you’d like to remove.

Try Spy Sweeper v2.2 This program is Shareware
Info: Detects and removes spyware of different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer.
The best scanner out there, and updated all the time.

Try: HijackThis 1.97.7 This program is Freeware
Info: HijackThis is a tool, that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items and allows you to inspect them, and optionally remove selected items.

If you would like to prevent “spyware” being installed.
Try: SpywareBlaster 2.6.1 This program is Free
Info: SpywareBlaster doesn`t scan and clean for so-called spyware, but prevents it from being installed in the first place. It achieves this by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls and also prevents the installation of any of them via a webpage.

Try: SpywareGuard 2.2 This program is Free
Info: SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against so-called spyware. It works similar to an anti-virus program, by scanning EXE and CAB files on access and alerting you if known spyware is detected.

Try: XP-AntiSpy This program is Free
Info: XP-AntiSpy is a small utility to quickly disable some built-in update and authentication features in WindowsXP that may raise security or privacy concerns in some people.

Try: SpySites This program is Free
Info: SpySites allows you to manage the Internet Explorer Restricted Zone settings and easily add entries from a database of 1500+ sites that are known to use advertising tracking methods or attempt to install third party software.

Useful tools

Try: Stop Windows Messenger Spam 1.10 This program is Free
Info: “Stop Windows Messenger Spam” stops this Service from running and halts the spammers’ ability to send you these messages.

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All these software will help remove and prevent evil spammers and spyware attacking your PC.

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