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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    dorpus, 26 Apr 2004 @ 11:08am

    HP printers come with spyware

    I bought an HP deskjet 5150 printer over the weekend -- a basic desktop printer. XP didn't recognize the printer, so I used the install CD, and it installed a lot of extra junk that inserts itself into the taskbar, periodically asks you if you want to receive update notices. Even if you check no, it keeps asking you anyway. I was able to find something called a "basic driver" from hp's web site, though installing it was not straightforward. I haven't printed too many times yet, but I fear it may "fail" to recognize the driver again next time, in which case I'm stuck with the spyware version.

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