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Spyware Terms & Definitions


Key Logger - Dangerous A type of software can be either secretly installed on your PC by someone who has access to your computer or may be installed inadvertently via the Internet. This software can allow people to monitor your keystrokes, your computer screen, chat conversations, to steal your passwords, credit card info, banking, identity, etc,... and can even allow remote access.  EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

Dialer - Very Costly A program that usually configures some sort of dial up configuration such as a dial-up-networking connection in Windows. The user either knowingly or unknowingly will end up using the dialer that calls a time-charged number that is usually billed to your credit card.  It can be very costly because some hackers will make you call international phone numbers where they can charge you per minute without you knowing it.

Browser Hijacker A type of software that changes your browser settings, which most commonly includes your home page without you knowing.

Cookie Cookies are small files that are created by your web browser when you visit sites on the Internet. They can be used to track your visits to certain web sites and can provide companies with information about frequency of visits and other profile information. The user is usually not aware that their surfing habits are being tracked.

AdWare - Very Annoying Adware is a type of software that displays advertisements on the computer screen while a computer is running. Typically, Adware is built into software that performs some other primary task such as file sharing.  Popup Blockers are usually useless when it comes to Adware.

Parasite - Dangerous A type of software that piggybacks onto other software. This type of software commonly installs without the users knowledge or consent.

Trackware - Spies on you Trackware is a generic term that describes software that collects a computers demographic and usage information and sends it to some remote server via the Internet, where it can be used by other people in a variety of different ways including marketing.

Trojan - Very Dangerous A type of software that is installed unknowingly, usually as a result of installing some other software, or viewing an e-mail. Since it exists as a software program on the computer, the range of activity of a Trojan can be quite broad, from usage monitoring to remote control to customized collection and theft of information.

Worm - Slows down PC
Software that propagates by creating duplicates of itself on other computers

ALERT: If you find out that your computer is infected with any of the above types of Spyware,
we highly recommend you clean the infections immediately! - THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS.

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