Examples Of Spyware And What They Are

May 15, 2018

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Spyware is a general term used to describe software that performs certain behaviors such as advertising, collecting personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer, generally without appropriately obtaining your consent first.

Spyware is often associated with software that displays advertisements (called adware) or software that tracks personal or sensitive information.

That does not mean all software that provides ads or tracks your online activities is bad. For example, you might sign up for a free music service, but you “pay” for the service by agreeing to receive targeted ads. If you understand the terms and agree to them, you may have decided that it is a fair tradeoff. You might also agree to let the company track your online activities to determine which ads to show you.

Other kinds of Spyware make changes to your computer that can be annoying and can cause your computer slow down or crash.

These programs can change your Web browsers home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you don’t need or want. These programs also make it very difficult for you to change your settings back to the way you originally had them.

The key in all cases is whether or not you (or someone who uses your computer) understand what the software will do and have agreed to install the software on your computer.

There are a number of ways Spyware or other unwanted software can get on your computer. A common trick is to covertly install the software during the installation of other software you want such as a music or video file sharing program.

Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user’s Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet; however, it should be noted that the majority of shareware and freeware applications do not come with SpyWare. Once installed, the Spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else. Spyware can also gather information about e-mail addresses and even passwords and credit card numbers

Aside from the questions of ethics and privacy, SpyWare steals from the user by using the computer’s memory resources and also by eating bandwidth as it sends information back to the spy ware’s home base via the user’s Internet connection. Because SpyWare is using memory and system resources, the applications running in the background can lead to system crashes or general system instability.

Because SpyWare exists as independent executable programs, they have the ability to monitor keystrokes, scan files on the hard drive, snoop other applications, such as chat programs or word processors, install other SpyWare programs, read cookies, change the default home page on the Web browser, consistently relaying this information back to the SpyWare author who will either use it for advertising/marketing purposes or sell the information to another party.

Licensing agreements that accompany software downloads sometimes warn the user that a SpyWare program will be installed along with the requested software, but the licensing agreements may not always be read completely because the notice of a SpyWare installation is often couched in obtuse, hard-to-read legal disclaimers.

Examples of SpyWare

These common SpyWare programs illustrate the diversity of behaviors found in these attacks. Note that as with computer viruses, researchers give names to SpyWare programs which may not be used by their creators. Programs may be grouped into “families” based not on shared program code, but on common behaviors, or by “following the money” of apparent financial or business connections. For instance, a number of the SpyWare programs distributed by Claria are collectively known as “Gator”. Likewise, programs which are frequently installed together may be described as parts of the same SpyWare package, even if they function separately.

o CoolWebSearch, a group of programs, takes advantage of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities. The package directs traffic to advertisements on Web sites including coolwebsearch.com. It displays pop-up ads, rewrites search engine results, and alters the infected computer’s hosts file to direct DNS lookups to these sites.

o Internet Optimizer, also known as DyFuCa, redirects Internet Explorer error pages to advertising. When users follow a broken link or enter an erroneous URL, they see a page of advertisements. However, because password-protected Web sites (HTTP Basic authentication) use the same mechanism as HTTP errors, Internet Optimizer makes it impossible for the user to access password-protected sites.

o Zango (formerly 180 Solutions) transmits detailed information to advertisers about the Web sites which users visit. It also alters HTTP requests for affiliate advertisements linked from a Web site, so that the advertisements make unearned profit for the 180 Solutions Company. It opens pop-up ads that cover over the Web sites of competing companies.

o HuntBar, aka WinTools or Adware,WebSearch was installed by an ActiveX drive-by download at affiliate Web sites, or by advertisements displayed by other SpyWare programs-an example of how SpyWare can install more SpyWare. These programs add toolbars to IE, track aggregate browsing behavior, redirect affiliate references, and display advertisements.

oZlob Trojan or just Zlob, Downloads itself to your computer via ActiveX codec and reports information back to Control Server. Some information can be as your search history, the Websites you visited, and even Key Strokes.

39 Comments

  • Tedi_ Medi12 May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    thank you ^^

  • basil abu esa May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    hey there, nice vid and it's straight!,
    but let's say I wanna reset my note 8 but without deleteing anything from the device and no backup? is it possible? like it was possible in the old Samsung's galaxy devices?
    thank you for you'r help!

  • Sandra Portugal May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

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  • I H May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Hi man how can I get back my mobile data button on my note8 knowing is on T mobile thanks

  • є፝֯֟ѕĸeтιт May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks! I just stole this Galaxy8 &&' just to let you know im just kidding!

  • KnightAss May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I bought a note 8 that seems to be running a different system, like when I check for system updates it's a black screen with green writings. Anyways when I hold down the buttons i only see 3 lines of writing saying, recovery, fastboot, and normal. I've tried all of them. Fastboot and recovery freeze my phone while normal does nothing. I have also tried doing factory reset through the settings but nothing happened besides removing a couple apps and the Google account. I'm also annoyed that the phone thinks I live in Ontario while I live nowhere near there. Can somebody help?

  • Amar Seid May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    i have SAMSUNG S4

  • Amar Seid May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

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  • maggie cp May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    thanks my love!!

  • Lindsay Amanda May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    My phone is stuck on upload mode unknown error ram dump by hard reset

  • Guest Guest May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    My factory data reset option is dimmed and I can not select it. When I try to use the power button, volume up it says mdm does not allow

  • Tiffany Lee May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I need to reset my note 8 it's locked with the direction lock and I don't know the direction. however my bixby button is not active so how can I get past this?

  • Sports Central May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks. very easy and straight forward

  • Anthony Martinez May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Found a phone and It needs previous owners email to get on, is there any way I can bypass it ?

  • james bush May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    English you fucking dirty Mexican.

  • Virgi Andrade May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I love note 8

  • Pretty Pibbles the Gamer Geek May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Many thanks!

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  • imran pasha May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    thnx for the video.

  • filogonio pantoja May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    you are the best man

  • william bennett May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the video👍

  • Elyas Pahlawan May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the good video

  • the sh0w May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    hi i've noticed the two error that you have in recovery, i have also and i would to know if you know what they are and how to solve. i mean ensure_path_unmounted failed to unmount and deleting selective files removed failed dir.. ecc .. thanks for the answers and sorry fod bad english

  • Sko TV May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Im stuck on stock recocery… i have no software on my Note 8.. tries to flash stock rom .. everything goes fine on Odin… phone starts to update.. stops on 32% and fails.. fail command.. erase.. and its back on stock recovery… HELP ??

  • King Sarmad Almndlawy May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you

  • Virginia VA May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Reset without a screen ?

  • Valerie Cullins May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    My phone is frozen in the maintenance boot mode . It won't shut off.

  • somecoolman May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    what about the security settings? the password and locks?

  • Sune Kaas May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    If your Note 8 freezes, you can press volume down and power button at the same time, after that it should be accessible again 🙂

  • Tails May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I just tried to do a hard reset. but nothing is happening. My phone is less than a week old and has never been dropped. I don't understand what happened. Any thoughts or suggestions?

  • Lord Vader May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Which is more Secure way from the both ways to reset so that all Data is Erased and not Recovered
    Thanks

  • 浦島タロウ May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Haha people can stole this android phone and use but with iphone you can't even hard reset.

  • Satinder Sidhu May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Just wondering why u have to press screen button 2 times..like when u pressed setting button,reset button and when u turned off the phone..same thing happen with my new note 8, it start freezing and screen is unresponsive many times…its annoying me

  • Lyndseys Ellison May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    It won't let me turn off the phone. It says it needs the password to turn it off….

  • JOHN L. CLARK May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Bro!! U da Man…..this is what happened …forgot my password, called tmobile they had me do a google lock, 'DONT DO IT!!!!…they told me to call Samsung. then they told me Samsung could open my phone without a Fac. reset….they couldnt told me to cal tmobile so for almost 3 hrs I was stuck in this loop btwn accessing my phone and calling tm and ss, so ss told me to goto the nearest bestbuy, …closed. btw I tried Utube b4 all this…. there are idiots who know how to do it but dont give verbal instructions…. one guy a video with load music and he moves faster then the FLash. I wanna give "BIG PROPS!!! thanks, if it sounds like I am rambling I wanna get back to reinstalling my phone stuff….

  • Kevin Michaud May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    That's not working for me that retarded Bixby keeps coming up

  • ONE ZEINZ May 15, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Too Awesome

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