eLearning – What is a Spyware?

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Spyware is computer software that is installed surreptitiously on a personal computer to intercept or take partial control over the user’s interaction with the computer, without the user’s informed consent.

While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user’s behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software, redirecting Web browser activity, accessing websites blindly that will cause more harmful viruses, or diverting advertising revenue to a third party. Spyware can even change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and loss of Internet or other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is captured under the term privacy-invasive software.

In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security best practices for Microsoft Windows desktop computers. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user’s computer.

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Download Free anti spyware – Ad-Aware 2007

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Ad-Aware is no ordinary anti-spyware, it is the original anti-spyware product, offered to consumers worldwide to protect their personal and home computers from malware attacks. And today, with over a quarter of a billion downloads, computer users put their trust in Ad-Aware more than any other anti-spyware software program.

Features:

Globally trusted on-demand scans and malware removal!
  • Detects and removes Trojans, worms, spyware, and other malicious programs
  • Repairs damage left by malware
  • Internet surfing tracks erased with TrackSweep
  • Incremental updates for faster downloads
  • Efficient computer resource footprint
  • Free software updates throughout license duration
  • Free support from worldwide security volunteer network

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eLearning – Botnet

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Botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software robots, or bots, which run autonomously and automatically. They run on groups of "zombie" computers controlled remotely by crackers. This can also refer to the network of computers using distributed computing software.

While the term "botnet" can be used to refer to any group of bots, such as IRC bots, the word is generally used to refer to a collection of compromised computers (called zombie computers) running programs, usually referred to as worms, Trojan horses, or backdoors, under a common command and control infrastructure. A botnet’s originator (aka "bot herder") can control the group remotely, usually through a means such as IRC, and usually for nefarious purposes. Individual programs manifest as IRC "bots". Often the command and control takes place via an IRC server or a specific channel on a public IRC network. A bot typically runs

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Arm your PC from Hackers

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Hackers have newer methods to hack into your systems.They are smart enough to detect security loop holes in your PC and enter through open ports,unencrypted Wi-Fi connections,malicious websites or internet servers.It is better you check your PC periodically for invasions and protect your system to prevent pilfering and damage of data.

Read the following tools that will rescue your PC when it is in danger.

Detecting security loopholes

Paros :Scans Internet Traffic and identify if any website contains any malicious codes.

Netcat : Finds potential trouble spots in the network.

Network Scanner : Searches for open spots.

Angry IP-Scanner : Fast IP and port scanner.

Nmap : Shows open ports and logs.

AiO secretmaker : Protects from intruders.

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How to remove Spyware from your PC (part 1)

 

 

Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge or explicit permission. Spyware silently transmits user information via the Internet to advertisers. In addition, Spyware will very often cause your PC to perform very poorly (slow browsing and downloads, program crashes etc).

To get started, visit download.com and download Ad-Aware 2007, which is free for personal use. The installation is very straight forward (you’ll mostly click ‘next’ a bunch of times)

  1. When Ad-Aware is finished installing it will prompt you to run it for the first time. Click Finish to continue
  2. When Ad-Aware launches, it will check for any updates, including the definitions file (the file that contains all of the ‘known’ pieces of spyware). Continue reading