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Dealing with Adware and Spyware
Finding and removing the new internet annoyance

The newest problem on the internet, in the same league as spam and virus attacks, is Adware. A Wired magazine article sums it up pretty well: "Dubbed spyware, adware, sneakware or malware -- depending on who you talk to -- these programs embed themselves deep inside a computer's operating system and spawn windows full of advertising messages, preventing users from accessing any other application. Or, they hide in the background, secretly transmitting information about the user's Web-surfing habits to a server somewhere on the Internet. If the user tries to delete the programs, they act like a cancer and replicate themselves over and over."

For more info, read the article here:
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,63345,00.html?tw=wn_story_page_prev2

There are a number of things you can do to try and detect and get rid of adware. First is make sure your anti virus software is up to date. (you are running anti virus software, right?) This software may detect a some of the adware on your system. Next, make sure that your operating system software is current and up to date. Microsoft even has a spyware help page.

We also recommend running one or all of the following Anti-Spyware Programs. These programs can detect and remove spyware from your computer. It's good to run them often.



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