Google warns against bad webpages

Google search screenshot

Google, by partnering with the StopBadware Organization, has begun to issue warnings when users click on search results that lead to dangerous websites.

StopBadware keeps a list (so far it appears to be quite limited) of user-submitted websites that are known to host spyware, adware, and other malware. After receiving submissions, the organization analyzes the purported malware using a list of seven categories of bad behaviour that help to identify malicious software.

This list includes:

…deceptive installations, unclearly [sic] identification, causing harm to other computers, modifying other software, transmitting user data, interfering with computer use, and being difficult to uninstall completely.

You can see one of the warnings in action by doing a search for “seriall” and clicking on the first result (SeriAll.com is a website that publishes serial numbers for pirated software). After clicking on the link, you should see a screen similar to the one shown at the top of this post. (continue reading…)

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Windows firewall is not good enough

As far as I know, Windows Firewall, which comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2, is fairly effective at inbound protection (warding off hackers and other threats coming from the outside world), but it doesn’t have any outbound protection.

Outbound protection is important because it can prevent spyware on your computer from sending the information it has collected back over the internet to whoever is trying to spy on you. (continue reading…)

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Destroy spyware and annihilate adware

Spybot screenshot

Your computer is hopelessly lost to adware and spyware and viruses. I know because I’ve seen computers like yours. If you upgraded to Firefox as I suggested in the last post, you’re headed in the right direction, but there is more to be done.

Now you need to download two programs (free, of course) that will kill anything that manages to get by your defences. (continue reading…)

Why is it important to be spyware and adware free?

Praying mantis on wooden board

Why bother keeping your computer free of spyware and adware? Almost everyone has some type of malware on their computer and I’ll wager that your identity has never been stolen as a result of having it.

On top of that, spyware often helps companies know what you like so that they can market to you better. So it may seem like no big deal, but there are some good reasons why you should take it seriously. Here’s why: (continue reading…)

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