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How Spyware Blaster Can Protect Your Computer From Harm

By browsing a web page, you could infect your computer with 
spy ware, ad ware, dialers and hijackers. These, unwelcome 
guests, are some of the fastest growing threats on the 
Internet today. It is important to protect your computer 
and one of the most powerful software products, available 
for this, is Spy ware Blaster, a program created by Java 

How are you affected? 

A spyware program will record every keystroke and e-mail as 
well as every web page you visit and every chat session. 
Some spyware programs will try to take control of your 
homepage, search page and other browser settings. Some may 
silently download themselves onto your computer. Others may 
pose as legitimate programs and persuade you to download 

Private and confidential information extracted from a 
user's computer may be put on the Internet before he can 
realize that he is a victim of these malicious programs. 

A Microsoft program called ActiveX is used to download 
software from websites for supporting legitimate services 
like file viewers or games. ActiveX can also be used to 
download spyware, hijackers, dialers and ad ware. Spyware 
Blaster can make it difficult for these ActiveX programs to 
run on your computer. It can also protect your computer 
from certain cookies while running Mozilla based browsers 
like Fire fox. 

The major anti-virus software product manufacturers have 
ignored the risks of spyware, hijackers, dialers and ad 
ware till now. Due to this, users have little knowledge of 
the software products that can be effective in detecting 
and eliminating them. One of the most powerful products 
available to provide security from spy ware is Spyware 

Spyware Blaster 

Spyware Blaster is a freeware that offers effective 
protection from malicious Internet downloads. It disables 
malicious ActiveX controls that are already present and 
prevents downloads of malicious ActiveX controls from a web 
page. Its current database contains 822 items against which 
it provides protection. About 100 of these are tracking 
cookies, used by advertisers. 

Spy ware Blaster's Flash Killer capability enables it to 
block the installation of distracting macromedia flash 
content. It gives the user the option to block specific 
search engine toolbars and browser plug-ins.


Spyware - Is Your Computer Safe?

Spyware is the virtual plague of the new Millenium. You no longer have to receive emails with viruses in them or even click on dangerous links on websites. Simply surfing the web can now leave you wide open to the scourge of spyware. You may also hear spyware referred to as malware. 

What is spyware? 
Spyware is when a program is placed on your PC without your consent. The most common way for this to happen is when you install a separate application such as a file sharing program or free download utility on your computer. The program you install also places some "extra" programs on your PC. These extra programs perform tasks from recording what websites you visit to popping up ads on your screen. More worrying are the spyware programs that record everything you type on your keyboard. That's right. Your most private instant messages, emails and chat room discussions can easily be stored and transmitted without your approval. Scary stuff! 

Are there different types of spyware? 
There are many different classifications of spyware but the following are the most dangerous types: 

The most common type of spyware. These are small programs which sit on your computer waiting for you to go online. Once the adware detects that you're connected to the Internet it starts sending you popup, popover and popunder ads for anything from airline tickets to porn site membership. Not only that but information on your viewing habits is then sold on to marketing companies who will then send you more junk email and popup ads than you ever thought possible. 

Browser Hijacker 
These are just plain annoying. These install themselves on your computer and change your default homepage and search engine to something else. Every time you start your web browser it will bring you to a page filled with ads, porn or other unwanted material. This interrupts your web browsing and is intensely annoying. Most browser hijackers are also data miners. A data mining program reports your web browsing habits to a central database. This information is then sold on to marketing companies. 

Keyboard Logger 
These programs are designed for one thing - theft. When you log in to your online banking these can record your PIN number. When you check your private email account these programs can record your password. Keyboard loggers are potentially one of the most damaging pieces of spyware because of the potential financial dangers and theft of personal information. 

Modem Hijacker 
Potentially the most costly spyware. Modem hijackers are also referred to as diallers. Diallers normally install themselves to your computer via a virus infection or from warez, mp3 or adult websites. A dialler is a small piece of software that will dial long distance, premium rate phone numbers when you're not at your PC. These phone numbers are normally for adult chat line services located in Russia, China, South America and the Phillipines. I have personally seen unlucky victims receive $2,000 bills for one month of telephone calls. 

How do you remove spyware from your PC? 
Thankfully several responsible companies have made it their mission to help eradicate the menace of spyware. You'll need 2 - 3 programs to remove spyware from your PC. The first of these is Ad Aware which is a free download. The second application is Spybot Search and Destroy which is also a free download. Last but not least I'd recommend also getting yourself a copy of CrapCleaner 1.0. These applications can only remove the spyware already on your PC - they cannot protect your PC from being cluttered with new spyware. 

How do you stop spyware infecting your PC? 
1. Do not click on links offering free movies, competitions, prize draws, free software or anything that looks suspicious. If it looks like a dog, smells like a dog and walks like a dog... well it's a dog. 

2. Install firewall software. This is absolutely critical for Broadband or Highspeed users. All computers connected to the Internet today should have firewall software installed - regardless of your connection speed. 

3. Make sure your antivirus software is updated. Good antivirus software can find and delete the most harmful types of spyware. 

If you'd like more information on fighting viruses drop by for our spyware fighting guide

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