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Click to begin. 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

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spyware adware and malware

Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Different Types of Malicious Infections

Dangers of Being Infected

Prevention Methods

  • 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
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.
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what is spyware con t
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
what is adware
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.
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what is malware
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.
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what is malware con t
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
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
  • Three types of “wares”
  • Dangers of all three
  • Prevention methods