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How spyware gets in your computer

How spyware gets in your computer

Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program. Data collecting programs that are installed with the user's knowledge are not, properly speaking, spyware, if the user fully understands what data is being collected and with whom it is being shared. However, spyware is often installed without the user's consent, as a drive-by download, or as the result of clicking some option in a deceptive pop-up window.

Can a firewall prevent spyware from entering the internal network?
Expert Serdar Yegulalp explains why a firewall can not prevent spyware from entering an internal server.

The Spying Game: How Spyware Threatens Corporate Security : White Paper
Describes the ways spyware can install itself.

Separating 'bad' spyware from 'good'
Symantec hammers out a system to measure the risk impact of spyware it detects, so users can decide what gets to inboxes.

Spy Fighters: Managing spyware protection for remote employees
This remote access engineer and SearchWindowsSecurity.com reader explains how he centrally manages spyware protection and cleansing for 45,000 employees' work and home machines.

One company's spyware is another's monitoring tool
Enterprises often take steps to protect against spyware, in much the same way they do against viruses and worms. But some companies also use spyware to monitor employees suspected of illicit behavior.

Rousting spyware
Spyware -- a longstanding issue with privacy advocates and legislators -- is drawing increasing attention from security personnel who must contend with the security and productivity problems it poses.

Tools for combating spyware in the enterprise
Learn how the threat of spyware might impact your enterprise and what you can do about it.

Cost-effective remote end point protection: Against Trojans, spyware and other pests
Any network is only as secure as its weakest node. This paper illustrates the security threats posed by remote workers that use VPN tunnels to access corporate networks and the business risk of leaving these "remote end points" inadequately protected.

Microsoft warns of spyware's impact on SP2
Microsoft is urging users to scan their PCs for spyware before downloading Windows XP Service Pack 2. For some, spyware programs are causing machines to lock up during an SP2 installation.

Fighting browser-based spyware
Today's browser battle is being fought between forces that want to have control over users' browsers: users and administrators versus spyware. If a user merely surfs to the wrong Web site, aggressive malware can install itself on the users' box, steal information and possibly give an attacker remote control of the system.

U.S. seeks to stop a brazen spyware operation
In what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission called the ultimate in "online chutzpah," a group selling antispyware under the Spy Wiper and Spy Deleter labels actually loaded spyware onto unsuspecting users' computers.

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