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Shadow Angel
07-18-2002, 06:45 AM
What is spyware?

Kyth'emos
07-18-2002, 06:51 AM
Your joking right ?

In case you aren't it is software that tells someone personal info without your cinsent, It is included free of charge with kazaa, and half the cookies websites try to put on your computer. To remoze it download Ad-Aware.

Yoda_623
07-18-2002, 06:51 AM
Spyware- spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge.
Some examples of programs that use spyware are kazaa and I believe Audio Galaxy.

Shadow Angel
07-18-2002, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by Kyth'emos
Your joking right ?

In case you aren't it is software that tells someone personal info without your cinsent, It is included free of charge with kazaa, and half the cookies websites try to put on your computer. To remoze it download Ad-Aware.

No, I had a rough idea of what it was, just needed a fuller explanation. Thanks.

Kurgan
07-18-2002, 06:59 AM
Free programs these days are notorious for containing spyware, and spyware cookies (like doubleclick) are all over. Lavasoft Adaware is a great program that can remove them (especially the annoying "Gator" and "GAIN" variants). Also cleaning out your cookies folder once a day is a good idea.

Spam sucks...

Kyth'emos
07-18-2002, 07:03 AM
Several free media players contain spyware, so if you use anything other than Windows Media Player or Winamp it has a good chance of including spyware. One program actually will remove Ad-Aware from your system when you install it. Also Kazaa has spyware, which can be removed be downloading Kazaa Lite (www.kazaalite.com). Aside from pop ups and paranoid people who think Windows XP has spyware thats all I can think of.

Clem
07-18-2002, 07:06 AM
i dont see what all the fuss is ... if they wanna know what i do ... they can

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Divine Spirit
07-18-2002, 09:17 AM
Originally posted by Darth Clem
i dont see what all the fuss is ... if they wanna know what i do ... they can

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hahaha! :lol: i wouldnt care if they saw me doing anything! i dont do anything against the law (except file sharing :( :D ) so i dont care if they see what forums i go to or anything!

Kyth'emos
07-18-2002, 10:22 AM
Dude they don't give a damn about illegal stuff, what they do is illegal. they want your credit card info and name and adress so they can steal your money and do other stuff you don't want done.

Darth Talliusc
07-18-2002, 11:52 AM
yeah people are getting crazy with stealing credit cards and such, just last week my sister wrote to us about her boyfriends credit card, heres what happened

greg (my sis's bf) used his credit card a fair while ago in montreal, someone took some kind of scanner and found whatever it is they needed to know to access his account from an atm. and then not long ago, whoever this thief was decided to place an empty envelope in an atm and say that he/she was depositing 1200 dollars, he/she then withdrawed that amount despite the account not containing that much, fortunatly for greg hes been treeplanting out in western canada for the past month so he can prove he wasnt in montreal and that he couldnt have done the crime.... what is the world coming to?

Kyth'emos
07-18-2002, 11:55 AM
The worlds going noware, its just that Hell is coming to us :(

SharaFett
07-18-2002, 11:58 AM
wait-spyware can find credit card info? how? if you're buying something off of amazon.com and punch in your credit card #, they can find out what it is?!

Kurgan
07-18-2002, 01:08 PM
Well, they say whenever you fill out any forms, you should always clear your browser cache, autocomplete and cookies and history and all that... otherwise somebody with access to your computer could extract the info... even log the keystrokes if they were monitoring (so keep your antivirus and firewall software up to date!). You can usually choose to use "secure forms" on those sites, but the level of encryption varies (say 56 bit or 128 bit, etc, the higher the better).

Chances are, you won't ever be hacked (unless you have a lot of computer-savvy enemies, or you're rich), but you can never be too careful. What's more likely is that you'll get spyware and get spammed as a result, or get random virii sent to you in your email (especially if you use outlook or hotmail, blah).

I'd say it's probably more likely that you'd get your CC # stolen if you shop over the phone with it than if you shop with it on your own personal computer, but be careful.... it always pays to take precautions. I don't use a CC to shop online, anyhow... most of the time a bank debit card or money order will work just as well (and those aren't perfect either, but less risky than a CC in most cases).

Incidentally (and I'd have to search Slashdot for the actual article) didn't Microsoft admit that Media Player 8 had built in spyware recently? Another reason I was glad I didn't commit to using WinXP... ; p