Spam: The Tasteless Internet Meat of Criminals

Written by Jesse S. Somer

Spam. You’ve all heard ofrepparttar crazy pink meat in a can, but what’s it got to do withrepparttar 132697 Internet? Well, it’s alsorepparttar 132698 namesake for a major problem inrepparttar 132699 World Wide Web-unsolicited junk email. Problem! We’re talking serious pain inrepparttar 132700 butt both as a waster of time, space, and money. It is estimated that around half of all email received onrepparttar 132701 Internet is this sneaky illegal attempt at selling fake consumer goods, pornography, and a whole plethora of ‘helpful’ services. It’s taking up half of all email onrepparttar 132702 Earth, and it’s costing businesses’ billions in wasted time, as well as filling personal email accounts torepparttar 132703 limit so important messages aren’t received. It seems everywhere there’s a leap in technology for humanity, there’s also a group of people who want to stretchrepparttar 132704 realm of criminal activity to another level.

The good news is that as it’s such a prominent problem,repparttar 132705 ‘good guys’ have made it a main priority on their ‘To do’ lists. Software has been created to block Spam and is being updated constantly. Recently Bill Gates, richest human on Earth and self-made mogul of software masters’ Microsoft spoke of his aim to eliminate Spam byrepparttar 132706 year 2006. Obviously a lot of people would be quite appreciative if they could achieve this goal.

Supposedly most ofrepparttar 132707 billions of junk emails originate from about 200 people who are intelligent enough to cover their tracks. They have multiple ways of finding out email addresses and then sending thousands upon thousands of unwanted messages to you and I. It usually costs them next to nil so if even one low-quality product sells they receive a profit. That’s why they do it; just another greed-induced means of getting rich quick without working for it likerepparttar 132708 rest of us.

Your Computer May Be Infected. Here's how to check..

Written by Fazly Mohamed

A recent research revealed that 80% ofrepparttar computers today is infected with these dangerous spyware and most ofrepparttar 132695 users are not aware of it. (Your computer could be infected by now too.) The most dangerous fact is, even thoughrepparttar 132696 anti-virus software is running, these software can even pass it and take over your PC.

Have you experienced any ofrepparttar 132697 following? * Awesome popups come out of nowhere, when browsingrepparttar 132698 web * Home page reset to some other site

How can this happen?

- The components installed when viewing certain sites, starts up and running as soon as it's finished installing (or afterrepparttar 132699 page is completely loaded) and with every windows startup since then. Their job is to collect information and report (or transfer) it to an external computer.

What is deceptive software? (Reference: ----------------------------------------------

Spyware and unauthorized adware are two examples of "deceptive" software. Deceptive software includes programs which take over your home page or search page without first getting your permission. There are a number of ways deceptive software can get on your system. A common trick is to covertly installrepparttar 132700 software duringrepparttar 132701 installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program.

Whenever you are installing something on your computer, make sure you carefully read all disclosures, includingrepparttar 132702 license agreement and privacy statement. Sometimesrepparttar 132703 inclusion of adware in a given software installation is documented, but it may appear atrepparttar 132704 end of a license agreement or privacy statement.

Sometimes deceptive software gets silently installed on your system without any warning at all. If you use Internet Explorer as your Web browser, this can happen if your Internet Explorer security setting is set to its lowest value. Make sure to keep this setting atrepparttar 132705 medium level or higher. Doing so will help you control what is being installed on your computer.

Have you ever had an experience where you were repeatedly asked to accept a download even after you said "no"? Creators of deceptive software often use such tricks to get you to load their software. If this happens to you, do not click "yes". Instead, try to closerepparttar 132706 Web page that first asked you to acceptrepparttar 132707 download by hittingrepparttar 132708 "X" inrepparttar 132709 corner ofrepparttar 132710 window. Alternatively, quit Internet Explorer and restart it to begin browsingrepparttar 132711 Internet again. If you visit a Web page that continually displays these tricky pop-up windows, that Web site may not be worthy of your trust.

------------------------------------------------------------------- Your computer may be infected by now, but you may not know. Just have a checkup with a software specifically designed for it, to knowrepparttar 132712 current status of your computer. You must clean infections once you find it but you can't top it at that. The spyware might reinfect your PC. So it's highly recommended that you run a firewall on your system afterrepparttar 132713 clean up. This will allow you to monitor every single communication that occurs between your computer andrepparttar 132714 external world and blockrepparttar 132715 ones that are harmful. The firewall acts as a barrier between your PC andrepparttar 132716 external world (Internet / Network).

A good spyware detector recommended by most people is, NoAdware at and it shows you allrepparttar 132717 infections and potential dangers in great detail. It's free to scan but not to clean. It's a good idea to have a scan even if you have no idea of cleaning, since you will knowrepparttar 132718 status of your PC in great detail - at least you will know whether you have any spyware on your PC at all! (Most ofrepparttar 132719 time it's there, but you don't know! So, don't be surprised to get a list of over 30 suspicious components detected!) Scanning will also giverepparttar 132720 advantage of giving a try to clean it out, provided thatrepparttar 132721 infections are minor and you (or a friend) have a fair knowledge on windows file system. (Registry settings, Cookies etc. and how to modify them.)

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