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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    SMaddox05, 4 Jul 2004 @ 2:15pm

    Re: a spyware caused by Norton!

    spyware? nonono, you didn't do much research. xtreamlok is a program that prevents, or trys to prevent hacking of bundled products. It uses encryption and other things to keep one from reverse engineering programs. Nortan uses it so that a virus cant disable nortan and then do whatever it wants. When you uninstall nortan, you have to uninstal xtreamlok as well. You know its not spywar because it is shown in the add/remove programs applet.

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