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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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Apr 2004 @ 11:32pm

    spyware problems

    I recently had a pop-under launching every time I closed Internet Explorer. Downloaded 4 different spyware programs: turns out I had 15+ spyware programs, including a keystroke logger (!), even though I've been (what I thought) was careful about these things. Now I'm running Spy Sweeper all the time - it caught something trying to install just today. Jesus, this is worse than viruses! I've never had that many virus problems.

    Oh - here's the kicker, none of the 4 programs caught the pop-under. I used "Hijack this" to locate a program in my IE start-up (?) called "smhearts.exe", which looked suspicious... and it was the cause.

    I think the biggest problem is the sweeper programs can't keep like the virus scanners seem to be doing...

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