Sunday, July 17, 2011

Spywares out there! Are you aware?

TechAspire gives you a brief introduction to “spywares”, what they are, where they’re from, what they can do, etc.,.

They mean?

Spywares are typical malwares meant for secretly collecting information about users whose computers they are installed on. Means without your knowledge someone’s monitoring your activities. Sounds serious? Yes!
Most spywares are installed on the users’ computers without their knowledge through piggybacking on desirable software or from the background as in case of Trojan Horses. They are not infectious and this differentiates them from viruses and worms, etc.,. Since Trojan Horses are actively identified by good anti-virus programs like AVG, Avast, McAfee, etc., they are blocked from installing on PCs which have updated anti-virus solutions installed.

Sources include

Most spywares come bundled with those harmless software which users want to install and use. Generally, the installed software will do no harm but that installer undesirably installs the spyware program(s). We give you an example. Sometimes you install some software and after installing, you are prompted to proceed with other downloads. In the installation dialog of some reputed software, you can check or uncheck additional installations. Advanced users normally reject additional unwanted installations. In many cases, visiting specific sites may start unwanted download and install in the background itself. Users may also get lured by online ads and click on them only to be led to download and install. Sometimes, users get frustrated by warning about their PC and are directed to download for solving those issues which are actually misrepresentative and false.


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Some effects and behaviors

Spywares may do bad to the end-users’ system or just be a vehicle for ecommerce. Traditionally, spywares referred to software like Keyloggers which were used by users to monitor usage of the system by other users. But with ever evolving technology and techniques, the definition has grabbed eyeballs and one of the most important issues the Internet industry faces today.
Spywares can perform many things in infected computers. We are mentioning just some of them.

  • They can change your browser settings to edit homepage, add toolbars, or redirect traffic.
  • Many of them are responsible for displaying advertisements. They can monitor your Web usage and set cookies to display you relevant advertisements the next time you visit a specific web site.
  • They may display advertisement pop-ups following specific user instructions or periodically.
  • When bundled with backdoors, they can send many of your information, might include personal details as well, to the person who has created it for misuse or illicit distribution against personal gains.
  • Spyware may affect the computers too. They may interrupt network traffic, affect disk usage or run unwanted CPU threads, and even create Operating System problems.
  • Some spyware are so created to bypass detection and may ultimately lead to format and reinstallation of software.



You may not know the names of all of the spyware that could possibly be in your computer. So here is a list of some of the names of spyware programs that you can look out for. The first spyware program is called Cool Web Search; this program takes advantage of Internet Explorer weakness. The Internet Optimizer is another one, this is also known as DyFuCa and this program redirects the Internet Explorer error pages to advertising. 180 Solutions which is now called Zango; this spyware transmits detailed information to advertisers about the web sites which the users have visited.
The Huntbar or aka Wintool aka Adware. Websearch, this is a small group of spyware programs that are passed out by TrafficSyndicate. These types of programs attach it self to Internet Explorer’s tool bars. The last example of spyware is called Movieland; there has been several hundred complaints to the United Stares Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has filed a suit against Movieland and is awaiting the trial.

How to save your system?

Prevention is better than cure. But as spyware remain hidden from users, their cure or repair exists in almost all cases. Yet, prevention is possible.

  • Do not get lured by online ads. Do not click on what you do not require.
  • Write perfect URLs. e.g. If it’s in place of!
  • Download from trusted websites which scan the hosted files for infections and manipulations like CNET or Brothersoft etc.,.
  • While installing any software, go through all steps carefully and reject all the additional unwanted installations/ downloads.
  • Use updated anti-spyware solutions. All the reputed anti-virus programs have their own anti-spyware component installed, depends on its availability in the version you are using. Check out for fake ones, they account for 14% of all malware.


Common anti-spyware programs

  1. Spybot- Search & Destroy
  2. Ad-Aware SE
  3. Spyware Doctor
  4. Windows Defender
  5. Spyware Terminator
These are specific anti-spyware software but as mentioned earlier, most reputed anti-virus solutions today have their own anti-spyware components and it depends on which version you are using. You need to visit vendor site for genuine details, and not rely on luring ads to prevent encountering crapwares, and maintain your computers. Watch out!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What Do You Love! All-in-one Google Search

Yes, with Google endeavoring to create, modify, update and again create cutting-edge technologies and services for its clients, we can expect only more from the California based Internet giant, and this time you will find out what do you love. Really!

I just discovered their recent development is what can be seen as neatly organized top search results returned from various popular Google products. This means you can search across all the Google products from one website:

Currently, the web site includes displays results from popular tools like Google Blogs, Maps, Earth, YouTube, Groups, Discussion, etc., and in addition you can also perform tasks like search the popularity of the search token with Google Trends, send an email to someone about it from your Gmail account (requires you to be signed in), translate the search string into 57 linguistics, use Calendar, etc..

This means a wholesome search around Google but with Google web search results missing. Below is a screen shot for search string- news international.

Bravo, you can now finish your cup of tea while peeking into what do you really love in a matter of just single web page.