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Defending Against Spyware, Malware, and Viruses
Figure 19-8: Run any application in a sandbox with Sandboxie.
Defending Against Spyware, Malware, and Viruses
Spyware and other malware have become the largest annoyance on Windows for
the past decade. Often hidden in downloads that appear innocent, these
programs can spy on your computer activities and report home various information
about your computer habits. Adware is another menace that is closely related
to spyware. Just as with spyware, it can be secretly installed on your computer
and monitor what you do. Then, when the time is right, it displays relevant
advertisements. Did you ever visit eBay.com and then notice an advertisement
for Ubid.com, one of eBay’s competitors, pop up on your screen? If so, then you
might be infected.
Your computer can become infected in a number of ways. The most common
is by visiting a website and downloading a free game, emoticons for an instant
messenger, or a browser utility such as a search toolbar. Often these utilities
are spyware themselves and are also bundled with other spyware and adware.
Unfortunately, users never seem to read the Terms of Service agreements that
are presented when they install these free apps on their computer, and pass
right over the notices that this software will display ads and monitor your
browsing habits.
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