If you access the Web using Internet Explorer
without the proper security settings,
it is only a matter of time before your PC gets infected with spyware.
Little Windows programs or scripts (‘ActiveX controls’)
which are embedded in certain Web pages, usually pornography-related,
can install malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge.
To be safe, you should not use Internet Explorer,
but an alternative browser,
if you have to use internet explorer
you should apply the proper security settings.
More importantly, certain downloadable programs,
such as a number of music/video fileshareing applications
can also contain hidden and unwanted malware.
It is also not safe to download and install cracks or hacked software.
The following downloadable programs
are generally known to contain spyware.
Do not install any of the programs listed here (this list is not exhaustive):
Aimster, Alexa, ATTune, AudioGalaxy, Aureate/Radiate, Bad Blue,
Bargain Buddy, BearShare, BitTorrent, Blubster, Bonzai Buddy,
Brilliant Digital, Comet Cursor, CommonName, CyDoor, Direct Connect,
DiVx Bundle, DLDER, Doubleclick, DSSAgent, Earth Station 5,
Edonkey, EzUla, EverAd, Filetopia, Flyswat, Gator, Gnotella,
Gnutella, Gnucleus, GoZilla, Grokster, HotBar, Imesh, Kazaa,
Limewire, Mactella, Madster, Morpheus, Napster, OnFlow, Phex,
Qtella, Slyck, Smirk, Soulseek, TimeSink, Transponder,
Trickler, Weatherbug, Web3000, WebHancer, WinMX, Webshots, Xolox.
Here endeth the lesson………….again.