Spy/Adware, The New Real Security Problem
Opinion: Worms and viruses are bad, don't get me wrong. But they're pretty much under control for anyone who is willing to put a little money and effort into security. But spyware and especially adware are menace to anyone with teenagers.Like many of you, I spend many a visit to family and friends attempting to fix their computer problems. The No. 1 problem scenario these days involves spyware and adware, often so much of it that the computer is utterly unusable. An infected system is a sad sight. You cant do anything without windows popping up and interfering with your work, assuming the computer is responsive at all. Ive seen a couple that wouldnt even finish booting. Cleaning up such systems is a business staple for Steven Brier of Brier IT Services. "I had a client yesterday with 13 different search help tools and another seven comparison shopping programs competing for her attention. The popup windows would see terms in other popup windows, spawning yet more popup windows to offer yet better deals. The computer was unusable."
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