Guest Column By Mike Newman

Over the past couple of years, a new threat has emerged over the Internet called spyware, a term used synonymously with a larger category of harmful applications called malware (meaning "bad software") Unlike viruses, they don't often spread themselves automatically, but instead are installed on your computer like any other program, often without your knowledge or consent, and serve their creators with a variety of purposes. There are four main categories of malware applications:
"Advertising Spyware, or Adware": One of the most common forms of malware, these applications are designed to barrage you with advertisements in pop-up windows...

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