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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 2 October 2003 
  • Editor's Welcome
  • BMI Accepts PayPal
  • Recent Email Scams
  • Verisign Hijacks DNS
  • E-Mail Perimeter Updated
  • Adware & Spyware
  • WebTv & BMI
  • Did you Ever Wonder...
  • Question of the Month

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  • Adware & Spyware
    by Ruben Bybee
    October 2003
    What is AdWare? AdWare is any software application displaying or advertising banners while the program is running. Most AdWare is set to automatically start up when your computer boots. While connected to the Internet the AdWare will usually send random pop-up advertising to you. The problem with AdWare: Major concerns of AdWare are that they will slow down your computer and your connection. This is especially noticeable over dialup connections.
    What is Spyware? In general, spyware is software that secretly gathers information about you without your knowledge and sends this info to third parties. The spyware usually automatically starts up when your computer reboots and is often difficult to detect.
    How do I get this unwanted AdWare/Spyware? The way that AdWare/Spyware gets into your computer can be the result of installing a new program, usually bundled within "freeware" or "shareware." The premise is that the software developers can make money from bundling the AdWare/Spyware with free programs. Always be careful when downloading any software from the Internet.
    How do I get rid of this junk? BMI has available a very nice program that will scan your system and remove the AdWare/Spyware automatically. You can find this on our Rewards Site
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