Recently, the onslaught of "spyware," "adware," and "pop-ups" has blasted the Internet community. People all over the world are being affected by these nuisances. To better serve our customers, we have put together some tips to help you avoid these problems. Also, we will direct you toward some useful software to help remove these programs from your computer.
First, before we can attempt to solve this problem, we need to identify the types of software that qualify as nuisances. Below are some simple definitions about what these programs are and what they do.
The US House of Representatives passed "The Internet Spyware Prevention Act" that imposes serious fines and jail sentences on creators or distributors of spyware and adware based programs. It also allocated up to $10 million for the Justice department to crack down on offenders. Along with major corporations such as Microsoft Corp., Dell Corporation, America Online, and AT&T, the federal government has finally recognized your rights to use the Internet without being constantly badgered by illegal software.
Below are some suggestions to help prevent you from falling victim to illegal spyware, adware, and pop-up software:
By following these guidelines, you can better prevent yourself from being a victim of spyware and adware.
Spyware and adware is often very difficult to remove from your computer. Typically, you can't simply go to the control panel and remove the program. Instead, these programs manifest themselves inside your computer's information database, called the registry. It is advised that you DO NOT attempt to edit the registry unless you have appropriate training. However, there are some programs available (free and charge) that will search your computer for spyware and attempt to remove it:
Disclaimer: Mobius Communications does not endorse these products nor is Mobius responsible for any problems caused by this software.
Also, if you are interested in learning more about spyware and adware issues and how to take preventive measures against these increasing problems, please visit these websites:
The Final Word
The waters that are the Internet are full of sharks and, unless measures are taken to prevent and detere violation of the law, this problem will continue to grow. The NCSA (National Cyber Security Alliance) has confirmed the following to be true of the Internet and spyware:
* 80% of Home Computers Infected with Spyware/Adware
* 49% of Broadband Users Lack Any Firewall Protection
* The average infected user has 93 spyware/adware components on their computer, and the most components found on a single computer during the scan was 1,059.
* Majority of users (89%) who were infected with spyware/adware said they didn’t know the programs were on their computer.
* Nine in ten infected users (90%) said they don’t know what the programs are or do.
Protect yourself from this threat and your Internet experience will be quicker and more enjoyable. This is a service provided by Mobius Communications Company to our customers so that subscribers can fully utilize the power of information.