Using Spybot Search & Destroy to Protect Your Computer Against Spyware

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Executive Summary

Spyware refers to software installed on the computer - often without ones knowledge or consent - that is used to collect and distribute information. Spyware can track which Web sites one visit, send personal information about to advertisers or other third parties, log to keystrokes, alter files on the computer, change the Web browser's start page, and perform other nefarious tasks. Spyware is often installed on the computer when one downloads and installs certain programs from the Internet. Peer-to-peer file sharing applications, which can be used to illegally share copyrighted music and movies, are one of the most common sources of spyware.

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