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 Security - Spyware Drive by Download - article by Eric L. Howes
Here is a very informative article about how spyware can get on your system. You can prevent bad things from getting into your PC if you know what you should not do when you surf at new web sites.
Quote from the website
In this document I walk through the process of a "drive-by-download," explaining how it works, what users see in the process, and why consumers might feel confused or misled by it. I also detail the effects of the software installed via this automated installation process on a test PC. Towards the end, I summarize the efforts required to remove that software completely from that PC.
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