The Guts To Fight Spyware
Most people are aware about the dangers of spyware. Anyone who wants to know how to fight spyware to carry on safe Internet browsing, the following article can be of help.
A computer user is scared of words like rootkits, spyware, keyloggers and bots. He therefore is relieved to find a company, which uses some of the same technologies played by hackers in order to combat them.
Viruses have not been fully conquered even by regularly updated anti-virus software. Spam is a little difficult to fight. It depends on the affected computer to make rational assessments about the spam content, which often has limitations. It wouldn't be surprising if an innocent letter to a friend about Viagra doesn't get through a spam filter.
While war on viruses is being won and an edge over spam is gained, hackers are advancing to a new turn - spyware. These days we know about bad programs that get installed in the root directory of a computer where detection is difficult and removal even more. For instances the latest Trojan horses and keylogger programs that are 'kernel-level drivers' help them to escape detection and even disable anti-spyware programs.
There is a constant battle between anti-spyware vendors and malware writers where the former finds it hard to evolve techniques to fight and eradicate malware. For e.g., the recent malware may take help of rootkits to hide themselves, apply mechanisms to heal themselves when tried to be destroyed or may use active processes to deface resident security programs.
Since it is difficult to avoid spyware infection, Internet users should take precautions. First, one may turn off the 'install' on 'demand' option on the PC in order to avoid programs from getting installed automatically including all attached spyware. A computer should be secured and have proper Internet settings to prevent it from being susceptible to spyware's malicious impacts.
Systems can be rid of most spyware threats by employing more than one scanning tool. An active spyware protection either purchased or obtained from a free site can reduce chances of future infections. A spyware scan can run much faster on a computer if Internet cookies in addition to offline contents are removed first. It is also important to invest into quality spyware protection to keep the threat away from the computer. After all, the Internet user and his family deserve protection of their privacy while surfing.
Finally spyware can be best defended by a strong offense. People must be spirited to boldly face and oppose spyware. They should be aware and prepared to lodge a battle before the spyware agents even reach their computers. In other words weapons should be carefully chosen and deployed mercilessly on the attacking events.
Related article: THE SPAM MAFIA
» SPAMfighter News - 8/31/2006
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