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Programs that Install Themselves

There are programs that automatically install themselves and then keep on using bandwidth -for example, the so-called Bonzi-Buddy, the Microsoft Network, and some kinds of worms. Some programs are spyware, which keep sending information about a user's browsing habits to a company somewhere on the Internet. These programs are preventable to some extent by user education and locking down PCs to prevent administrative access for normal users. In other cases, there are software solutions to find and remove these problem programs, such as Spychecker, Ad-Aware, or xpantispy.

Last Update: 2011-02-19