How Many Problems Does Spyware Cause?

from the too-many dept

While most of this article covers standard ground about anti-spyware legislations and software programs (though, oddly, it does not mention the two most popular spyware programs: AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy), at the very beginning it notes two interesting tidbits on the impact of spyware. Dell claims that 12% of their calls now involve questions about spyware (meaning it's good that Dell has changed their "don't talk about spyware" policy) while Microsoft claims that 50% of PC crashes are actually due to spyware. While this might seem like a convenient out for Microsoft (whose machines certainly crashed plenty in the time before spyware), it does indicate just how troublesome spyware is on many computers. The worst part isn't just the problems it causes, but the fact that most users have no idea that it's even on their machines at all.

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    Frank, 26 Apr 2004 @ 12:51pm

    a spyware caused by Norton!

    When I uninstalled Norton Anti-virus, and then used Spybot's host file feature to block the Norton servers from accessing my machine, I started getting error windows upon bootup from a program called Xtreamlok. After researching on the net, it turns out that Xtreamlok is a piece of spyware that comes with Norton that can only be removed by taking out a few entries from the registry. Xtreamlok does not show up on any program menus and is not found by ad-aware or spybot. After doing the registry fix, my system no longer showed the error window and everything's fine. No more Norton for me...

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