IDENTIFYING SPYWARE AND MALWARE

Malicious software is one of the greatest threats to Internet security. Spyware, also known as adware, creates pop-up ads and may be deposited on a computer by an e-mail attachment or as a Website download and it is very difficult to be removed. Along with viruses, malware is another big threat to computer users on the Internet and Web users are usually unaware that spyware has been downloaded onto their computers. Every computer that has an Internet connection must have a good virus-scanner and spyware scanning software installed that should be used habitually to scan the system to erase malware.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What does the term Malware mean?
What are the different kinds of malware?
What is anti-spyware?
In what way can a spyware be prevented from installing on computer?
What penalties are stated under the Internet Spyware (I-Spy) Prevention act of 2005?

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