9 out of 10 PCs infected with spyware

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Research from an anti-spyware company suggests that 9 out of every 10 PCs are infected with some kind of spyware.

Though numbers declined in 2005, they’ve since increased again and infection is on the rise.

Not only were 89% of PCs infected, but they had multiple infections – on average 30 pieces of spyware software – installed.

Webroot Software blames new online channels, more sophisticated spyware, and consumers placing reliance on free anti-spyware software. Social networking sites are quite common places to pick up spyware.

They’ve also identified well over half a million malicious web sites on the Net that lure unsuspecting web users and aid in getting spyware onto their machines.

Andy Merrett

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  • Spyware is becoming increasing;y hard to find by scanners because of rootkits.

    Rootkits stop spyware scanners from finding spyware because of the way they can intercept information going to the spyware scanner.

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