Step-by-Step Guide

Step 9: Plan ahead for new spyware tactics

What of future spyware infestations? Even though it's much harder to infect a machine now than in the past, spyware authors are unfortunately becoming much more clever. The rise in the popularity of Firefox, for instance, has people worried that Firefox-specific exploits will be soon be written to inject spyware into a computer. Many of the most sophisticated new breeds of spyware register themselves as operating system components, and can only be teased out by a very experienced user.

The good news is that the defensive line against spyware is also rising just as rapidly. Most out-of-the-box Windows machines (at the time of this writing) are nowhere nearly as vulnerable to spyware as they were even six months ago. Better yet, most antivirus and defensive-software makers are taking spyware more seriously as a threat, and finding ever-better ways to counter it that don't require dedicated programs or low-level system hacking.

How to remove spyware

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Get familiar with spyware now if not already
 Step 2: Know where spyware comes from
 Step 3: Recognize how spyware acts
 Step 4: Understand what damage spyware can cause
 Step 5: Choose tools to clean up spyware
 Step 6: Use these advanced techniques to clean up spyware
 Step 7: Install service packs to prevent spyware infections
 Step 8: Take additional initiatives to prevent spyware infections
 Step 9: Plan ahead for new spyware tactics

Serdar Yegulalp
Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter. Check it out for the latest advice and musings on the world of Windows network administrators -- and please share your thoughts as well!
Copyright 2005 TechTarget

This was first published in June 2005

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