Issue 82 - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter
Issue 82: May, 2008
This month in Hoax-Slayer:
Spyware Doctor - Comprehensively Protect Your Computer from Spyware
- Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition
- Mini Lobster Contamination Warning
- Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
- Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
- "What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
- United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
- Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
- Elephant Painting Portrait Video
- New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
- Nareepol Tree
- Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
- British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
- Fire Rainbow Photograph
- Self Parking Garage
- Indian Two Faced Baby
Over the last few years, spyware has become steadily more insidious. Spyware can clandestinely collect data from your computer. It can record keyboard input, including sensitive information such as credit card numbers and banking details. It can deliver intrusive pop-up advertisements and hijack your browser's home page. It can record what web sites you visit, track your journey from one site to another and log your web search activities. And, of course, it can send any of this harvested information back to unknown third parties who can then use it for underhand marketing purposes, or outright fraud.
Spyware can also seriously impede the smooth operation of your computer. Spyware infections can lead to a sluggish and unstable system that regularly crashes or freezes.
Often, spyware is included in freeware or shareware programs. When you install these programs, the spyware is installed without your knowledge. Users are also tricked into downloading spyware directly by clicking on deceptive links or browser pop-up buttons. Some spyware installs automatically by exploiting browser vulnerabilities.
Spyware is now one of the most serious threats to computer security and efficiency. In fact, maintaining a spyware free computer is virtually essential to the secure and efficient operation of your system.
Because spyware components can hook themselves so deeply into your computer system, manually removing them can be exceedingly time consuming and difficult even for expert users. Spyware can add entries into the Windows Registry and distribute many different files throughout your hard drive. Even if you subsequently uninstall a program that included spyware, the malicious components can be left behind and remain active on your system.
Thankfully, there are programs available that are specifically designed to remove spyware and protect your system from infection. I have tried out a number of these programs over the last few years, but by far the best I have used is Spyware Doctor from PC Tools. I have now been using Spyware Doctor to protect several of my systems for almost two years, and I am exceptionally pleased with its performance.
I have Spyware Doctor configured to automatically download updates and scan the entire computer for spyware every evening. Spyware Doctor also immunizes my computer against a large number of known infections. As well, Spyware Doctor constantly protects my computer in real time from spyware processes, tracking cookies, malicious ActiveX objects and browser hijackers. These three levels of functionality offer thorough protection and real peace of mind.
Spyware Doctor is very easy to use and configure, even for novice computer users. Once configured as desired, this software runs quietly in the background, comprehensively protecting your system from malicious spyware.
The software has won a number of awards. I thoroughly recommend Spyware Doctor and I am proud to be a PC Tools affiliate.
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