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Two-Thirds of All PCs Infected with Spyware


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 03 December 2004 - 01:50 PM

By Robert Jaques VNUNet 12/03/04 9:02 AM PT An indirect cost of spyware is that it crosses the boundary between security and system management by deluging help desks with complaints about pop-ups, application failures and poor performance. Spyware's ability to track keystrokes, scan hard drives and change system settings is a tremendous personal and enterprise security threat. The global spyware plague has reached epidemic proportions, with the cost to global PC users set to rocket by 2,400 percent over the next four years. According to newly published research from IDC, the need to identify and eradicate these parasitic programs will drive anti-spyware software revenues from 12 million USD in 2003 to 305 USD million in 2008.
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Posted 05 December 2004 - 10:10 PM

I just want to know how 'ad-ware' is legal...How can any entity install, alter or delete any program settings with out permission...Why isn't this practice illegal...Does someone know the laws concerning this??? Who lobbied our lawmakers to ensure they couldn't be sued for this...The cost of recovering machines and the aggrevation is tremendous due to ad-ware...This practice must be outlawed in my opinion...

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Posted 06 December 2004 - 01:43 AM

Most adware is downloaded with user permission in the shape of fun/happy/"useful" stuff. Reading the EULAs and checking on Google woudl prevent almost all of the adware.
There is a bill before Congress to put some restrictions on adware, but it has not passed yet; and even if it does pass, I doubt how useful it will be.
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