Spies Are Among Us

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Taming your computer is your most enthusiastic dreams. Unfortunately, for many years, spyware spread on the Internet to infiltrate the recesses of your computer, observe all actions and alter behavior, bringing down your greatest wish.



New internet scourges, these parasites – from simple cookie stored on your machine applications – are very discreet. As they turn in the background, they continuously spy your privacy.

Related to worms, viruses and Trojans, these spies have many forms. Sometimes, simple cookies provide information about your Internet usage to an advertiser. They can also be subversive and covert enforcement modifying the behavior of your computer – all while using your connection.

Sometimes, dozens of spyware coexist on the same computer, strongly affect performance.



Spyware harvesting is done every season – often through pirate sites like Warez and PeerToPeer. It also occurs by installing free software (which is seemingly trivial) to finance their development, which isn’t always explicitly stated. Surprisingly, very popular software are carriers of spyware: Mirabilis ICQ, RealNetworksRealPlayer, Burn4Free and many others…


Symptoms of Spyware

The nuisance of spyware is measured, in large part, by its discretion and diversity of symptoms manifesting its presence. There’s a long list of symptoms that should trigger your suspicions, including:

– The behavior of your browser, Internet Explorer, becomes incoherent

– The start page of your browser changes randomly and your attempts to correct this fail

– Windows or pop-up advertising show repeatedly in your browser

– Your browser launches and displays advertisements alone

– Favorites, often pornographic, automatically show up in your Favorites folder

– Toolbars are added against your will in your browser

– Your browser suddenly closes or becomes uncontrollable


These dysfunctions also reach your OS:

– You can not start a program

– Links or certain programs buttons become inactive

– Activation and deactivation of the waking state become virtually impossible or excessively slow

– Windows software components become inactive

All of these symptoms, alone or combined, should attract your attention. They’re traces of the presence of spyware on your computer.


What is Spyware?

Spyware, adware, malware, parasiteware and StealthWare are fauna of the new intruder.

Spyware, compound work for “spy” (spy) and “ware” (prefix designating a class of software). Any software introduced on a device that employs a user’s Internet connection (as well as any other means or support) without his knowledge or without his explicit and informed permission to collect information, is designated as spyware or spyware. Spyware can collect computer user information on which it is installed (it’s sometimes called a sneak). It can send this information to the agency that’s responsible for the spread of spyware.

This collected information can allow the creation and resale of advertising plagues databases, used in efforts like bulk spam.

Spyware sometimes are discreetly displayed Gator software including New.net, SaveNow, TopText, Webhancer, Radiate, Cydoor, Conducent, Onflow or Grokster (which will not install additional parasites under 12!).




Adware and advertising are cousins to spyware. The focus, these days, is on display advertising. Adware also brought about original strain of parasites.

This often harmless software will primarily bombard you specific advertising banners or flood you with pop-ups.



Malware, short for “malicious software,” are programs specifically designed to damage or impede the normal operation of a computer. Malware includes viruses or worms for email and the Internet. But, it may also consist of hostile JavaScript/Java applets. Unlike spyware and adware, malware clearly aims to undermine the integrity of a system.

Antivirus detects and eliminates much of the malware but will never reach 100% efficiency. It remains essential to NOT a program or attachment unless its safety is ascertained.

Malware is primarily responsible for the abnormal behavior of Internet Explorer. Some malware uses highly sophisticated techniques and are proving very difficult to eradicate.


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