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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    psydr, 27 Apr 2004 @ 5:44pm

    Re: HP printers come with spyware

    Blaming MS is not the way to go here. MS makes a portion of the system available to other applications (i.e. file associations). This IS a good thing. Now, if a company abuses this privledge, it's not MS' fault. The company producing the application SHOULD make certain options available to the consumer and NOT make assumptions of what those choices might be.

    That said, I am NOT a MS fan. Never have been, and most likely, never will be.

    ~Psydr


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