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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Spyware attacks? C'mon!

My Big Brother recently posted an article on his blog about a spyware attacking a PC? WHAT THE!? Yeah right!

Don't act like you know everything brother.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Spyware attack: A true Story

My classmate recently had her computer reformatted due to spyware attack. The attack came from a harry potter fan site (she's a fan of it.) where without her knowledge & because she is using internet explorer with NO Patches to her system. The spyware downloads and executes in her computer and the next thing she knows that she cannot use the computer anymore due to the spyware taking over the system more like a virus. They cannot remove it because of unknown circumstances.

My advice to her is that to

1.) USE MOZILLA FIREFOX!: I installed it on her system and i'm confident the bad programs are going to have a hard time getting into her system. It has been proven that this browser is safer than IE.

2.) Install Antivirus and spyware scanners: for that i installed AVG Antivirus free edition and AdAware SE and i told her to update it every 2 weeks.

3.) Update windows XP: This step might be hard because she is using a pirated (BAD) install of XP as microsoft scans your system in order of the user to have a hard time downloading the updates.

4.) Use Linux insted: But she is not proficient at Linux. This might be very hard for the user, but it is a great learning tool.

3 Comments:

Jepoy said...

It doesnt mean that a spyware really "attacked" her computer. And no spywares are known to "attack". They are just malicious codes and programs designed to gather informations about the user. I have yet to know a spyware that can literally disable a computer.

2 weeks is a very long time to update definition files. I update mine every 3-5 hrs and most of the time, updates are available.

Updating Windows patches regularly are also necessary to avoid virus attacks. Spywares cannot attack unpatched Windows but viruses will.

BTW, I'm using licensed WinXP, ZoneAlarm and Norton Internet Security softwares.

Saturday, October 01, 2005 1:41:20 PM
Siopao Master said...

err..san ka nakakita ng spy na umaatake?


err...every day may bagong malicious file na na crecreate so why wait for 2 weeks? /hmm

galing naman ng spyware na yan

nag tatake over

lolx

Saturday, October 01, 2005 10:16:11 PM
Karlo said...

LESSON 101
****What is spyware?****

Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent.
The signs of spyware infection are:
1.I see pop-up advertisements all the time
2.My settings have changed and I can't change them back to the way they were
3.My Web browser contains additional components that I don't remember downloading
4.My computer seems sluggish

****What is a virus?****

A virus is a type of program that can replicate itself by making (possibly modified) copies of itself. The main criterion for classifying a piece of executable code as a virus is that it spreads itself by means of 'hosts'. A virus can only spread from one computer to another when its host is taken to the uninfected computer, for instance by a user sending it over a network or carrying it on a removable disk. Additionally, viruses can spread to other computers by infecting files on a network file system or a file system that is accessed by another computer. Viruses are sometimes confused with worms. A worm, however, can spread itself to other computers without needing to be transferred as part of a host. Many personal computers are now connected to the Internet and to local-area networks, facilitating their spread. Today's viruses may also take advantage of network services such as the World Wide Web, e-mail, and file sharing systems to spread, blurring the line between viruses and worms.
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Okay you said it was a spyware attack, if im the spyware creator I would not want my victim to crash there system because my priority is to give them advertisments, get some info etc. but if im a virus creator my main priority is to crash the pc's of my victims..... so therefore, it is not a spyware its a virus attack....
I rest my case....

Sunday, October 02, 2005 12:54:41 AM

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