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Old 08-15-2006, 03:17 PM   #1

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Default 89% infected with spyware

According to Webroot, 89% of consumer computers are infected with spyware/adware. The average infected computer has 30 pieces of spyware/adware.

Of course, Geek/Talk members take all types of precautions and wouldn't have a problem nearly this large, would you?

But seriously, some Geek/Talk members are going to be infected with spyware, but I would expect the rate to be lower than the general public.

This 89% infection is the highest it has been since towards the end of 2004. That is interesting because some "experts" said that infection rates were dropping and would continue to drop and become almost extinct.

It doesn't look as if spyware is anxious to join the dinosaur on the extinction list. But businesses are doing a better job than consumers, with anti-spyware protection playing a role in this. However according to Webroot, approximately 30% of businesses do not have anti-spyware protection.

This link is to an article with more details; which also contains a link to the Webroot report http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/192200016
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:21 AM   #2

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Spyware is keeping an awful lot of IT support personnel in healthy employment right now. It amazes me that more end users don't protect themselves more comprehensively against these threats, given that a large propertion of the web using public is aware of spyware - even if just in terms of having heard the buzzword.

Although I've recently been seeing figures as low as a 1 in 6 infection rate from some other studies (as reproduced by eMarketer), the 89% rate sounds more accurate, as unfortunate as that is.

That said, it would be interesting to see how Webroot defined spyware and whether Alexa, the Google Toolbar and other popular 'browser enhancements' also contributed to the figure.

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Old 08-22-2006, 01:05 PM   #3

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Here is an article with some fairly interesting additional information in relation to the growth of spyware infection.

The spyware information that is used comes from a report by Webroot, which studies more than 6 million home users and more than 3 million business users.

Spyware creators are now using a wider range of methods to do their nasty work. They are piggybacking on other more vicious types of programs. Video clips are being used as well.

Social networking sites such as MySpace are now starting to become a very serious source of spyware. Many people have multiple profiles, and links on their sites that take users to sites that do the dirty work.

Webroot has found approximately 527,000 malicious Web sites, which is about 100,000 more than there were one year ago.

One method using video clips has a trojan named Zlob to deliver the dirty works to users, while it is pretending to be a video-decoder program.

When you click on a video you want to watch, you receive an error message and a link to install the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player. You then are redirected to a download site that gives you the nasty program.

Here is a link to the article with more details http://www.toptechnews.com/news/Spyw...d=10000B7LU1TG
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