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Security: Spyware

Information Technology installs and maintains anti-spyware software on all CWSL workstations. We highly recommend installing anti-spyware software on your personal home and/or laptop computers. You can download a good, free anti-spyware product from Microsoft: Windows Defender.

What is Spyware?

Spyware much like the computer virus is a program written for many different and evolving reasons. The first Spyware programs were written as marketing tools. Many would create pop-up windows that would direct people to various websites. Some would record the website addresses the victim visit and send those back to the programmer. Most all spyware uses the "Trojan Horse" method of infecting people, masquerading as something beneficial such as a search toolbar.

What steps can I take to avoid SPYWARE?

  • Install a good anti-spyware program program. There are several good ones on the market. Microsoft currently has one for free here: and you are also welcome to download our SPYSWEEPER program here:
  • Develop good downloading habits. Make sure that before you download anything do some quick research. You can do a quick Google or Yahoo search to see if the product you want is known spyware.
  • Always make sure your operating system, anti-spyware software, and browser are up to date. Some spyware can exploit holes in the security of operating systems like Windows and browsers like Internet Explorer. You should always make sure you have the latest security updates installed on your computer. Information Technology works diligently to keep all servers and desktop computers updated with the latest security updates, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware. It is up to you to make sure your personal laptops and home computers are kept up to date.

I think I've been infected with Spyware. What should I do?

  • Immediately update your spyware definitions and run your anti-spyware scan utility.
    Familiarize yourself with your anti-spyware program manual. It will let you know how to do both of these things.




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