According to Gartner, system downtime caused by software vulnerabilities will triple before 2008, if companies don't take proactive security steps. Companies that don't include security as a criterion when buying or developing software will witness downtime caused by security vulnerabilities increase from the 5 percent observed in 2004 to 15 percent in 2008.
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Even if you locate and remove the malicious spyware program file, the registry may have become altered when infected. Even if you reinstall Windows, if you have not removed the registry item, the new installation will be come re-infected. Some antivirus programs are starting to scan for Spyware. But the best way to get rid of Spyware is to use an anti-spyware program such as Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, Webroot's SpySweeper, or SpyBot Search & Destroy, copyrighted by Patrick M Kolla (watch out you don't download a spoofed copy of this program). Actually, it is prudent to use more than one of these programs, since malicious code may temporarily get past one these packages, while getting caught by the other anti-spyware program. The Professional version of Ad-Aware will constantly monitor your system and has a fee. The personal version is free, but you have to remember to run it with regularity.
When spyware alters Winsock, it becomes part of the operating system for windows. If it is removed, Windows will not work properly, when the operating system is reinstalled, Windows tries to restore the previous configuration, thus reintroducing the pointer to the malicious code, and bringing it back into the Winsock installation.
You can however force Windows to rebuild Winsock, by removing two registry keys.
NOTE: Altering the registry can cause your computer to stop functioning. Always perform a full system backup before attempting to edit the registry.
Locate and delete:
Close the registry editor and reboot. When Windows discovers these registry items are missing, it will recreate them, and correct the registry problem.
To disable Autofill in Internet Explorer:
Tools/Internet Options/Content/AutoComplete... and clear all the check boxes.
There are lots of interesting, useful and potentially dangerous programs available for download. Before introducing a potential problem to you computer, you may want to check if program is known to harbor a malicious payload. You can check a list of known Spyware Programs at Spychecker Website at www dot spywareguide dot com.
While most current firewalls will not guard against infection by spyware, firewalls are very useful in stopping the outbound communication from spyware. Configure your firewall software to restrict outbound traffic, instead of the usual default setting which trusts all outbound traffic.
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