PC Safety101 HTML version

Spyware comes from many, many places, but the most common kinds of sites are
those that are for shopping or offer downloadable information, including:
• Shopping sites and portals
• Bulletin boards and information exchange sites
• Gaming sites
• Download sites
• “Lifestyle” sites such as those aimed at teenagers or brides to be
• Sites that rely on serving customer content
• Adult entertainment sites and portals
It may not be practical to avoid all of these, but a large percentage of spyware
does come from these kinds of places.
What “Friendly” Spyware/Adware Does
Regardless of where it comes from, Spyware sends information about you
There is literally no “good” spyware if we use the definition above, but there are
pieces of software that are not bad for you or your system that act somewhat like
spyware – in the sense of tracking information about you – but in almost all cases
you did opt in to allowing these items on your machine and they do only
something legitimate.
Basically “good” spyware would be cookies and key-loggers for sites and
software you have agreed to use as part of your “contract” with either, or which
you are choosing to use to enable faster or more pleasant web-surfing.
Example of this would include:
• Cookies for friendly sites
• Active-X controls for friendly sites
• Java scripts for friendly sites
• Key loggers for friendly software.
• Key loggers for friendly software.
o A “key logger” does what it sounds like, which is records things you do
with your keyboard and mouse. For example, if you accept a trial on
software that is good for 30 loads, the way the company keeps track of
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