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How many times has this happened to you?


Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Different Types of Malicious Infections

Dangers of Being Infected

Prevention Methods


Credentials

  • A+ Core Certification in Computer Hardware

    -Repair and Maintenance

    2. A+ Core Certification in Microsoft Software

    -Windows NT/2000/2003

    -Windows 98/XP/Vista

    -Windows .NET

  • A+ Core Certification in Networking

    -Repair, management, and administration


What is spyware?

  • Software that secretly gathers information about a person or organization.

  • Any software that is designed to take partial or full control of a computer’s operation without the knowledge of the user.

  • Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spyware


What is spyware? (con’t)

  • Generally displays advertisements against your will

  • Can tracks your online habits and reports them to companies

  • Can deploy pop-up advertisements

  • Most popular forms of infection: browser toolbars and loopholes within the OS


Programs Bundled with SpywareAOL Instant Messenger


What is adware?

  • Software applications in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running, esp. in pop-up windows or banners, and which is often installed without the user’s knowledge or consent. Also called advertising-supported software.

  • Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spyware


Adware Installation - eDonkey


What is malware?

  • Software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner’s informed consent

  • Portmanteau of the words “malicious” and “software”

  • Only one of the –wares that can be infectious

  • Can also be considered as ‘contaminating’ as viruses, worms, and trojan horses.

  • Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware


What is malware? (con’t)

  • Biggest malware scandal to date – 2005 Sony BMG CD copy prevention scandal.

  • Infected computers with “rootkit” software that changed how the Windows platform read all CDs.

  • Opened security holes in Windows that could not be repaired without reformat/reinstallation.


Dangers of Spyware

  • Passwords can be obtained by third parties

  • Personal information can be obtained and sold to third parties, privacy invaded

  • Identity theft

  • Reap havoc on your computer, causing you to reformat and reinstall operating system, drivers, and software


Prevention Methods


Ad-Aware Free by Lavasoft


Hi-Jack This by Merijn.org


Windows Defender by Microsoft


Prevention Methods (con’t)

  • Knowledge!


Recapitulation

  • Three types of “wares”

  • Dangers of all three

  • Prevention methods


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