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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    Dan, 26 Apr 2004 @ 11:16am

    Re: HP printers come with spyware

    Yeah, this crap drives me nuts as well. My Dad just purchased a Creative Audigy 2 Platinum sound card with a breakout box and I warned him to only install the drivers. He did so but couldn't get sound from any DVD's he played. So he went and installed the whole package from the install CD and the Creative software has taken over his system. It has installed stuff to run every time the computer boots up, slowing boot up times. It has also taken over file associations so that Creative's software is called instead of what he used to have. I really hate this crap and it's because of MicroSHAFT! Linux hsa it so that only the user can choose what program is associated with which file type. No program can change those without root access. I guess this is just one more reason why I am learning Linux to leave MicroSHAFT and it's crap products behind.

    Dan

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