What is Spyware good for? Trouble?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by AaronMcarthur, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. I have some spyware on my computer, just found out. I'm going to get it off today but what is it for? are people spying on me? can they find information about me?
     
  2. ignipotentis

    ignipotentis OSNN Addict

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    Spyware is a data-mining solution. Its installed to keep track of your habbits. Most likely it is just inserting your information into a mass database of alot of habbits its collecting for the marketing types.

    It is howerver an invasion of privacey and should be outlawed but that is another topic. Just remove it, and check periodically for it, or get some nice tight security and your good.
     
  3. eNuffSaid

    eNuffSaid Guest

    Spy-ware is indeed a pain in the butt. But it also makes alot of programs free. At its best it will "spy" on your surfing habbits in order to present you with (popup) adds that may be of interest to you. Its all about the $$$.

    http://www.gator.com/ (don't go there) ;) is one of the big players in this game.

    http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ has a good "spy-ware" removal program. Mind you, the popular Kazaa has spyware too; The Kazaa Lite version does not contain the spy-ware, but it DOES need a (faked) spy-ware DLL for kazaa to function right.

    Simply removing all spy-ware may render an application useless.

    Kind regards,
    Willem Moolenaar