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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    Josh, 1 Aug 2005 @ 11:01am

    Re: a spyware caused by Norton!

    Hate to tell you, but xtreamlok is spyware. I have not installed any programs in months, and all of a sudden two days ago, I started getting xtreamlok pop ups which crash whatever program I am trying to run. I tried playing some of my old home movie files that I had stored on my hard drive, and what do you know!? Xtreamlok thinks that my home videos are illegal! I did not install anything to get this program on my computer... so if everyone still insists that they arent sending this program out via spyware then you have another thing coming.

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