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"Bad" bugs are used by nefarious sites to collect information from your hard drive and pass it back to their server without your knowledge. This is done in combination with cookies to send information about your surfing habits to third parties, also without your knowledge. For more about cookies visit:
Some of these nasty little critters can even be used from web pages or within your email to install "executable bugs," which can install a file onto your hard drive to collect information whenever you are online. For example, one such bug can scan a hard drive to send information on every document that contains word "financial."
More on Web Bugs . . .
Fortunately there is a new software available for Windows users called
Bugnosis which is provided as freeware by
The software is designed as a browser plug-in to notify you when a page you visit is a security risk, or simply if page contains web bugs. They are working on a version that will notify you of bugs in your email.
Call exterminator honey, we've got bugs in PC!
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