Information about spyware is becoming
almost as prevalent as the scourge itself. But not all of the information is
reliable, and finding accurate, useful details about the many varieties of
spyware is difficult even for technology professionals. To help you zero in on
the best information available, we’ve compiled this list of Web sites. All of
these sites contain up-to-date spyware information. The majority of them are geared
toward both IT professionals and users. If you have a question about spyware,
at least one of these sites is almost guaranteed to have the answer.

Computer Associates

Computer Associates is one of the largest companies in the
industry. Its PestPatrol anti-spyware product is very good, and its Spyware Information Center
provides a wealth of excellent spyware information.

Directed at technology professionals, the Spyware Information
Center
offers the latest
spyware news and a large collection of spyware-related articles. The site also
contains a list of recent spyware discoveries and a comprehensive and easy-to-use
spyware encyclopedia that describes known spyware programs. Even novice
computer users will benefit from the many offerings found on this site.

Counterexploitation

Counterexploitation,
or CEXX.org, is a Web site dedicated to preventing the exploitation of computer
users. Part of its service is an Adware/Spyware page that contains a wide
variety of links to explanations of the various forms of spyware.

This site is extremely useful for advanced users, but
novices might find it a bit intimidating. If you’re having trouble ridding your
system of a particular spyware program, CEXX.org is one of the first places you
should consider looking for help. The vast resources provided by this Web site
are impressive, but you’ll have to dig for the information you need.

Download.com Spyware Center

Download.com is known for providing download links to nearly
every type of software imaginable. However, this site also boasts a good
spyware information center. Not only can you download reputable anti-spyware
applications, but you can also read reviews of those products and learn how to
use them.

The Download.com Spyware Center offers links to a host of spyware-related
articles that are applicable for every level of user. Although you may have to
click through a number of links to get the information you’re looking for, if
you’re patient, you can find well-written articles on almost any topic you’re
interested in.

Sunbelt Spyware Research Center

Sunbelt Software produces one of the most comprehensive
spyware resources on the Web: the Sunbelt
Spyware Research Center
. Much of the material is geared toward promoting its
CounterSpy product, but there’s a good bit of other information that’s up to date
and highly useful.

The Sunbelt Spyware Research Center contains a wealth of
spyware-related information on topics such as spyware prevention, organized
cybercrime, spyware education, corporate spyware infections, and spyware
removal costs. The site is organized well and easy to navigate. Users of any
level will benefit from the information provided by Sunbelt Software.

PC Pitstop

PC Pitstop
provides many useful spyware articles for average computer users. IT pros may
scoff at some of the titles, such as “Kids and Spyware,” but the average
computer user will appreciate the straightforward, informative articles.

PC Pitstop also has a spyware forum and free e-mail-based
technical help. Although the ultimate goal of the site is to generate members — and
revenue — for PC Pitstop, the amount of free, basic information makes this an
attractive site for end users.

SpyChecker

The SpyChecker Web site offers links for downloading a wide
assortment of anti-spyware applications and utilities. The site doesn’t contain
much educational material, but the utilities and other links make this a useful
site to visit when you’re looking for software to rid your system of forms of
spyware that other anti-spyware programs can’t remove.

This is definitely a site for advanced users who understand
spyware and Microsoft operating systems very well. Many of the tools offered at
SpyChecker are written for specific spyware
applications or involve highly technical operations such as cleaning the system
registry of spyware-related keys.

Spyware Guide

Another Web site dedicated completely to spyware is Spyware Guide. This helpful
site offers a great deal of spyware education, as well as many useful links and
resources.

Spyware Guide enables you to look up any known form of
spyware and receive an explanation of what it does and directions on how to
remove it from your system. The list can be sorted alphabetically by program
name, or you can search by spyware category or by company name. If you already
know the name of the pesky program, you can simply type it in to retrieve the
information. If you want an accurate description of the spyware that’s
infesting your system, spywareguide.com is definitely the place to go.

SpywareInfo

The SpywareInfo Web site contains quite a bit of technical
information related to spyware. Aimed at advanced users, SpywareInfo also
publishes a weekly spyware newsletter. You can read the Spyware Weekly online or get the latest spyware news delivered via
e-mail.

SpywareInfo also hosts a user forum and a chat room. These
resources are handy when you’re having a spyware problem. The SpywareInfo members
are knowledgeable and provide excellent troubleshooting advice.

Spyware Warrior

The Spyware Warrior Web site offers tons of information
about anti-spyware programs, including a list of
rogue anti-spyware sites
. Just because a tool or Web site claims to remove
spyware doesn’t mean that it actually does what it says. The Spyware Warrior
site lets you ensure that a particular anti-spyware tool will do the job it says
it will do.

Webroot Spyware Information
Center

Webroot Software Inc. produces Spy Sweeper anti-spyware
software. As part of its strategy to combat spyware, Webroot has developed the Spyware Information
Center
. The material contained in the center educates users about basic
spyware topics, such as defining, removing, and protecting against spyware.

The Webroot
Spyware Information
Center
is geared toward
novice users. Technology professionals will probably find the information at
this site very rudimentary. But for those average computer users who want a
solid understanding of spyware basics, this site provides a good foundation to
build upon.

Wrap-up

The Web sites listed here are excellent resources for all
computer users to become familiar with. Although many are directed toward
technology professionals or advanced users, novices will find enough
information at some of these sites to help them learn how to recognize and
eliminate spyware.

Each of these sites offers something unique. Once you become
familiar with their offerings, you’ll have a good idea of where to turn when
you need to remove a rogue spyware application from your computer or network.