24 July 2011

Spyware in brief

Spyware is a type of malware that can be installed on computers, and which collects small pieces of information about users without their knowledge or In simple terms, it is a way for shareware authors to make money from a product, other than by selling it to the users.There are several large media companies that offer them to place banner ads in their products in exchange for a portion of the revenue from banner sales. This way, you don't have to pay for the software and the developers are still getting paid.

There are thousands of known spyware, But here are a few:
  • Alexa
  • Aureate/Radiate
  • BargainBuddy
  • ClickTillUWin
Now the Question comes how to remove Spyware?

Detects and removes spyware of different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer. Blocks ActiveX downloads, tracking cookies and other threats.

Spy Sweeper
Detects and removes spyware of different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer.

HijackThis is a tool, that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items and allows you to inspect them, and optionally remove selected items.

With all the above mentioned tools , you can easily remove spyware from your computer, now since Precaution is better than cure ,To prevent "spyware" being install. you can use following software
SpywareBlaster doesn`t scan and clean for so-called spyware, but prevents it from being installed in the first place. It achieves this by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls, and also prevents the installation of any of them via a webpage.

SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against so-called spyware. It works similar to an anti-virus program, by scanning EXE and CAB files on access and alerting you if known spyware is detected.

XP-AntiSpy is a small utility to quickly disable some built-in update and authentication features in WindowsXP that may rise security or privacy concerns in some people.

So with this i will complete my post , i hope till now you have got some idea what is this spyware? how to remove and prevent them? If still have some query feel free to ask