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What can I do to protect myself from spyware? What damage can it do my network?

What can I do to protect myself from spyware? What damage can it do my network?
Spyware can be a big pain. Generally it can slow down systems, make them unstable, and provide you with unwanted popups. It's best to pay attention to what you are agreeing to install when you download software. It is also wise to remember that many free or ad supported programs rely on spyware. This includes programs such as Kazaa, iMesh, BonziBUDDY, and GAIN. To remove these programs check out Ad-Aware, Spy Sweeper, or Spyware Scanner. All of these can do a good job of cleaning up your system. Some users are also switching to alternative browsers like Firefox to reduce popups and automatically installed software.
This was first published in January 2005

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