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Adware and Spyware. By Mr. Arbogast. What is Spyware?. Spyware is software that is put on your computer without your knowledge or permission. This impacts both PC and Mac users.

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    1. Adware and Spyware By Mr. Arbogast

    2. What is Spyware? • Spyware is software that is put on your computer without your knowledge or permission. • This impacts both PC and Mac users. • Spyware secretly and continuously gathers information about you and relays it to advertisers or other interested parties. • Spyware can be installed on your computer as a result of a virus or by your downloading and installing a “free” program (like Kazaa) that sneaks the Spyware onto your computer. Some Information Taken from Patrick Crispen’s Viruses, Cookies and Spam, Oh My! PowerPoint

    3. What is Spyware? • Spyware can also be downloaded directly from Internet Explorer also. Do not EVER answer yes to this window unless you know what it is!

    4. What does Spyware do? • Spyware can also slow down your computer • Spyware can give you tons and tons of pop ups even when you are not browsing the internet. • Spyware can change your homepage or redirect you to a different website when you type in the common website like www.yahoo.com. • Spyware might also add different toolbars and change the default search engine on your computer without your permission.

    5. What are the Names of Some Common Spyware Programs? • There are many different companies that make software but some of the major ones are.. • Gator by the Gator Corporation • My Web Search Toolbar • Bonzi Buddy • 1080 Search Assistant • Media Gateway • WhenU SaveNow! • HuntBar • Money Tree Dialer • HotBar • TopSearch ToolBar • Cydor • CommonName • BargainBuddy Some info Taken from http://www.rescom.psu.edu/pages/p2p/pages/spyware.htm and http://www.pcpitstop.com/spycheck/top25.asp

    6. I’m pretty sure I have Spyware. How do I get rid of it? • The easiest ways to get rid of it is to use two different programs that are designed to remove it. • Those three pieces of software are called Lavasoft AdAware, Microsoft Windows Defender and Spybot Search and Destroy. • They are available for free on www.download.com

    7. How to Install use Lavasoft AdAware • The most popular Spyware removal program • Please go to http://gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=8050 for all of the instructions.

    8. Go to http://www.safer-networking.org/en/tutorial/ for a full tutorial How to Install use Spybot Search and Destroy

    9. How to install Microsoft Windows Defender • Go to http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/support/howto/download.mspx for a full tutorial

    10. How do I Prevent Myself From Getting Spyware in the Future • Do not install questionable programs – Programs like Kazaa and Limewire come bundled with tons of it. • Use alternative browsers like Netscape and Mozilla Firefox – Most Spyware is made for Microsoft Internet Explorer and other browsers will simply ignore it.