Spyware is a computer program which collects information about the user such as habits on the Internet and transmits that information to an external entity on the Internet without user knowledge or consent.

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Downloading software without bloatware

From time to time, I find myself needing a piece of software to perform a specific task. Download.com (CNET) used to be a good site. But now, I find that they bundle a lot of "evilware", i.e. ...
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My webcam just came on “out of the blue”

I have a Microsoft LifeCam HD sitting atop my monitor. Today, completely out of the blue, its light came on -- I was simply browsing the web (in Chrome) when it happened. After about 5 minutes the ...
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What are some things to avoid if you want to keep your computer adware/spyware free?

I recently reinstalled the OS (XP Home) on a friend's heavily spyware/adware infected machine. It appears as though his kids (7 and 11 years I believe) were visiting sites that offered downloads for ...
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Is it possible to safely contain a virus - not letting it spread?

I need to run a program, but I don't trust the author. I think it is infected with spyware or viruses, malicious files. I scanned it, did n't find anything, but still not feeling good about it. So I ...
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How does the “Steam” platform work? Is it DRM? Can I trust “Steam”-powered software? [closed]

UPDATE: This question lives on at gaming.stackexchange.com. So – I just bought the new game Supreme Commander 2. This question is not about the game, but about the online software ...
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What is the difference between a Virus and Spyware?

Is the distinction largely semantic? (I.e., Spyware collects information and incidentally slow your computer down, Viruses are designed to malicious?
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How to scan and detect spying software

I have a friend who caught his landlord in his apartment using his laptop (he moved out afterward). The next time he tried to log in, his password was changed. I fixed the password problem but I got ...
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How do I tell if there are unwanted remote guests on my computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Why do I always find the strangest programs and the strangest text files all the time? All kinds of weird ...
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MacKeeper has hijacked my Safari Browser

MacKeeper (http:// mackeeperapp.zeobit.com) has hijacked my Safari browser. I have had to open Firefox, in order to get to the internet. I would rather use Safari, since that is where my bookmarks ...
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Getting redirected to www.website-unavailable.com

When ever I type a wrong URL in to my URL bar, it redirects me to: www.website-unavailable.com How do I stop this from happening? I would much rather just get redirected to Google. This happens in ...
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“Ads not by this site” displayed by ads injected into certain web pages

I'm having ads injected into random pages in Firefox, such as Youtube, Wikipedia and Facebook. I know Wikipedia doesn't serve ads, so this must be some kind of adware. Below the ad appears the text ...
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How can I figure out where this tracking stuff is coming from?

I noticed an SE page was communicating with a load of tracking sites, as in, a load. I did some experiments. I am using Chrome, latest, on Windows 7. I have been using Ghostery and adblock since ...
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Is free security software as good as paid security software? [closed]

I mostly use free security solutions to protect my home PC, but I wonder if I would get better protection from a paid solution. I prefer the free software, since I can have multiple applications ...
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Does reformatting the drive really removes spywares and viruses

I've recently read that the data that you deleted in windows using shift+del doesn't actually get deleted it is just made to be overwritable by other data that will soon be stored in your hard drive. ...
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How to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? What's the best way to clean a computer with multiple accounts infected with spyware, viruses and malware? ...
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How do I configure helpd on OSX so that it doesn't periodically call home to application sites?

Little Snitch, an outgoing network traffic blocker, notifies me when an application is attempting to establish a connection. Many applications that I've installed have apparently registered ...
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Spyware from reputable websites?

I think I remember reading somewhere recently online that a surprisingly high percentage of spyware on computers is spread from reputable websites; you don't have to visit the Internet's "rough ...
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How to rid my computer of spyware and adware

I have a bit of a spyware problem. I tried using How to Clean up a Windows Spyware Infestation to help get rid of the spyware/adware on my computer. I have autoruns and process explorer and got rid ...
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How can I permanently remove a seemingly stealthy ad-ware installer?

For the past one month, there seems to have a stealth installer lingering in my computer that will automatically install malicious plugins to all my browsers. I'm not sure what installer is that and I ...
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Is it possible for virus in windows to infect ubuntu?

I have a triple boot, windows 7 , 8 and ubuntu. Is it possible that any spyware or virus in windows will also harm ubuntu or spy during ubuntu session ?
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Spyware used my gmail account to send thousands of spam e-mails to all my trusted contacts, what should I do?

I just logged in to my gmail and was shocked by the amount of automatic responses I got in my inbox. I then looked at my sent messages folder and noticed that apparently, thousands of spam e-mails ...
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How to stop spyware/adware popups? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I think my brother got a case of adware on his Windows XP PC, since he gets occasional pop-ups out of ...
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my.freeze.com netassistant

Does anyone knows how to get rid of my.freeze.com netassistant? I tried one million things, but this annoying spyware just won't go way....
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Is GMABooster real? Is it spyware?

I just found out about GMABooster for OSX which supposedly boosts performance for the Intel GMA 950 in my mac mini. As anyone used this? Is it spyware? The site seems real but at the same time ...
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Is spywarehelpcenter.com a reliable resource for malware removal?

I am looking for a good resource for removing a spyware program Security Shield. I know that many resources claiming to offer help are actually just proponents of additional spyware. The article I ...
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Is something wrong when the force close screen shows as empty when shutting down Windows 7?

Whenever you attempt to shut down, log off or restart windows 7 and there are some applications still working and windows can not close them nicely, Windows 7 will show a black screen that asks you if ...
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Is “Relevant Knowledge” spyware?

I am an advanced user, using Windows 7 with Avast! antivirus running. Today I started browsing and faced some weird popup. Upon investigation I found that "Relevant Knowledge" was running in my ...
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Commercial Spyware Programs

I was reading an article based on these products and came up one question I need clarification on. According the author most antivirus software would not be able to detect the presence of a spyware or ...
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How can I safely close this window and forever avoid seeing similar pop-ups from Mackeeper Zeobit's malware and spyware?

The attached image shows a window that just popped up and the only button available is the OK button. I could Force quit Safari, but I've got several sites open right now and don't want to try and ...
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Some program itself starts and stops in a fraction of seconds.. whats that

Some program itself starts and stops in a fraction of seconds.. Yes and it happens so quickly that i am never able to see the name or even the icon of the program.. it is visible only in the ...
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How can I configure Adobe Help so it doesn't chatter so much with Adobe's domain?

Adobe Help that came with Creative Suite 5 and/or Flash Builder Pro is constantly creating network traffic with an Adobe site, www.wip4.adobe.com In the Adobe Help application Preferences, I find ...
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OS X rootkit/spyware scanners?

For OS X, I have discovered Rootkit Hunter recently and liked the functionality. What other rootkit/spyware scanners for OS X have been developed that are available for use?
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How can I find out which processes on my computer are accessing the microphone?

After reading this interesting Lifehacker post and reading the comments on the page, one person was wondering if it would be possible to use the Physical Device Object Names of other hardware such as ...
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Unknown top level window

After several months (years?) of bending myself backwards and almost going crazy I fall back to the only place I believe there could be and answer... I've had the following top level window showing ...
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How do I find out if my employer has installed spyware on my computer?

In my office yesterday, we had a power blip and all of our computers restarted. Upon restarting, I had a dialog box that an application was installed and my computer required a restart. I mentioned ...
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Does Messenger Plus! contain any spyware?

Does anyone know if Messenger Plus contains any spyware? Is it relatively safe to install at work? EDIT: For those people that are telling me to ask the IT department: I am the IT department. ...
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Can I trust these programs? Are they safe? What are they really?

I found a couple programs on the desktop of my computer after another person used it. I have done some googling, but have no idea who or what I can and cannot trust. The programs in question are ...
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Curly braces in a URL

Often I have came across URLS like the following: http://www.isthisahacker.com/{7B643FB915-845C-4A76-A071-677D62157FE07D}.htm Do the curly braces in the URL above indicate some kind of attempt ...
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some strange services in task manager and in msconfig/startup that I cannot close

I was trying to fix a friend's computer because it was really slow, it was working but after some 20 minutes it was starting go really slow or just freeze and I've formatted the hard drive, installed ...
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Is the Ask.com toolbar installed with Java considered spyware? [closed]

I was wondering if the Ask.com toolbar is spyware. I play a game called Minecraft and it requires Java. The Java installer also installed the Ask.com toolbar. I want to play one of my favorite games ...
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Can't access any Microsoft Website :( Others are fine

I have tried all the websites - microsoft.com, windows.com, live.com, even bing.com won't open. All other websites are opening. What is the problem? Google Chrome just gives the error that the website ...
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Open dns still detects malware activity after having scanned and removed malware

I'm using open dns to block unwanted sites. Everytime I go to the dashboard I always see this malware activity in all of the networks that I have in open dns. What do I do?I'm using avast free, ...
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Which File Did Microsoft Safety Scanner Fix?

Microsoft Safety Scanner says it partially fixed a file. How do I find out which file it fixed?
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Is it possible to reinstall windows 8 upgrade on the SAME machine? (Clean Install)

I purchased the Windows 8 upgrade back in December. I've had it installed for a month now and am completely satisfied with the product. Although, just recently my ex-roommate confessed to me that he ...
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Is something infecting my Google searches?

I starting doing some experimentation toward making a browser userscript for Google searches and when opening the JavaScript console noticed something that strikes me as very fishy: The page at ...
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Detection and removal of Trojan.Spyeye.AA [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I've found myself stuck with a keylogger that my firewall keeps reporting on startup/shutdown as ...
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How do I deal with messages stating a file “Contained a virus and was deleted” in IE9?

While doing Windows Recovery I installed IE9 on my Windows Vista machine. This is the message I got when trying to download IE9 executable (or any .exe file) from IE9: ...
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How to completely remove Personal Guard 2009?

I have become infected with the Personal Guard 2009 malware. How do I get rid of this pest?
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How do I remove Cyber Security THE Rogue Anti-Spyware

I am not sure how many of you have heard of Cyber Security (no link, a rogue anti-spyware doesn't deserve a link). Basically, it's a virus and a rogue masquerading as anti-spyware. You can read about ...
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How do I know if I am being spied upon? [closed]

Perhaps, I am being too pessimistic when I ask this question and also I do not know if this question fits appropriately into this forum (if not please redirect to appropriate one). So here is my ...