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Spyware and Adware

Spyware and Adware. How to spot it and get rid of it!. Definitions. Virus A virus is a piece of computer code that attaches itself to a program or file so it can spread from computer to computer, infecting as it travels. Viruses can damage your software, your hardware, and your files. Worm

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Spyware and Adware

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  1. Spyware and Adware How to spot it and get rid of it!

  2. Definitions • Virus • A virus is a piece of computer code that attaches itself to a program or file so it can spread from computer to computer, infecting as it travels. Viruses can damage your software, your hardware, and your files. • Worm • A worm generally spreads without user action and distributes complete copies (possibly modified) of itself across networks. A worm can consume memory or network bandwidth, thus causing a computer to stop responding.

  3. Definitions (cont…) • Spyware • Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. It Can overload your system and shutdown other services. • Tojan Horse • Computer program that appears to be useful software, but instead compromises your security and causes a lot of damage.

  4. How Do We Get Them • Opening Email • Visiting Web Sites • Installing Software • Just having a Computer on a Network

  5. How Do You Protect Yourself • Educate Yourself • AntiVirus Programs • Patching and Updating • AntiSpyware Programs

  6. Some Spyware Examples

  7. Some Spyware Examples

  8. Some Spyware Examples

  9. Some Spyware Examples

  10. Some Spyware Examples

  11. Some Spyware Examples

  12. Some Spyware Examples • Other Names that you might see are Anything that asks you for something that you did not request could be spyware! Drive Shield BearShare Kaxaa Morpheus WildTangent – Games Added Toolbars Free SceenSaver Anything Spam Blocker Utility Free Desktop Wallpaper

  13. Education • Don’t open emails that looks “fishy” • Don’t visit “bad” websites • Only install software from “Trusted” vendors • Scan files before opening them • Visit websites like Microsoft to get informed of new security alerts.

  14. AntiVirus Programs • We use Avg AntiVirus • It should be installed on all systems on campus. • It is also available for personal use at home. • You can download the latest version at • www.grisoft.com

  15. Patching and Updating • One of the best things that you can do to protect your system is to Patch it. • Most people believe that their system got infected because of a failed AntiVirus product, but they are wrong. • Most infected systems become infected because of poorly patched systems. • Patching is a simple, easy, and free way to protect your system.

  16. How you patch a system • To do it manually, use the windows update Icon on your start menu. • To do it automatically right click on My Compter, select properties and then choose Automatic Updates tab then select Automatic- 3:00am

  17. AntiSpyware Programs • Spyware is typically placed on your system by visiting websites and installing software. • Typical signs that you have spyware • You have a lot of popup windows when visiting the web or just logging on to your system. • Your homepage has changed to a different site. • You notice a major drop in system performance. • Your antispyware or antivirus utility stops working. • You go to search for things and your search page has changed. • New Items appear in your favorites. • In many cases there are no signs and it is running silently recording your actions.

  18. Protect Yourself from Spyware • Use a popup blocker like Google Toolbar, or the one that comes with FireFox and Internet Explorer. • Install AntiSpyware utilities. • Some 2 that we recommend are Ad-aware and Spybot - Search and Destroy. These can be found for free at • http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ • http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html • http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4086.html These programs are not provided to you by CCSS and are free for anyone to download for personal use.

  19. Spybot – Search and Destroy

  20. Spybot - Updating • Always Update the software before scanning or immunizing the system.

  21. Spybot - Scanning • Click the Search and Destroy Button to scan the system. • This will clean off existing Spyware.

  22. LavaSoft’s Ad-Aware

  23. Ad-Aware - Update • Use the Check for Updates Link on the Main screen or the Web update Button.

  24. Ad-Aware - Scanning • Click the Scan Now Button • Choose to do a Full System Scan

  25. Ad-Aware – Scan Results • You will get Critical Objects (Clean) • You will get Negligible Objects (Can Leave Alone) • Mostly MRU (Most Recently Used)

  26. Ad-Aware – Clean Objects • When you clean objects they go to the Quarantine. • You can leave them or delete them.

  27. Other Follow Up Links You can view this Presentation at www.coffeecountschools.com and then look at the last entry on the left side menu for Spyware Help. For video presentations please go to Spybot http://www.coffeecountyschools.com/train/spybot2007/spybot2007.html Adaware http://www.coffeecountyschools.com/train/AdawareMovie/AdawareMovie.html

  28. Questions???

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