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Is all spyware dangerous?

Windows security threats expert Kevin Beaver explains the problems with spyware and how to prevent it from infecting your computer.

Is all spyware dangerous? Can we stop people seeing everything we do?
Not all spyware is "dangerous." Much of it simply creates a nuisance to the local user while others track stats for "marketing" purposes, and other types may be considered dangerous. The best way to prevent this is to run one (or two) anti-spyware tools - perhaps one for checking real-time memory processes, file/registry accesses, etc. and another for performing periodic system scans.

For extra information, you can check out this malware learning guide, which can also be found on SearchWindowsSecurity.com. You will find information, tools and articles not only on spyware and spyware prevention but for other forms of malware as well.

View questions and answers from all of our Windows security experts here.

This was first published in May 2006
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