Excluding Firefox and its 400 million downloads and 120 million regular users, the days of a killer free application dominating hearts and minds are deader than Pets.com. Yet a single malware destroyer is what we're all hoping for, especially since malware and virus threats are as chameleonic as their intentions are devious.
For some teens, the most horrific part of weathering a spyware storm is being separated from the computer until it's clean.
One dad seizes this as a disciplinary technique. A little time away from the Web could teach Junior some healthy fear of dangerous downloads and greater respect for the family PC.
Elise's malware situation is frightening, but it's not as scary as her father, whose closet quest for pornography and reckless viewing methods pile more and more adware onto Elise's personal PC. She confronts him when a PC repair tech reveals the truth of the infection. Things get ugly. Threats fly.
16-year-old Elise is left with a challenge: How do you confront someone whose user behavior is dangerous to your computer and family privacy--and whose real-life behavior is dangerous to you? This week's Spyware Horror Story, Vicious voyeur, may hold some clues.
You're never too young or old to become a download fanatic--or a victim of online threats (just lay your peepers on our security glossary for an unsavory taste of what's out there.)
Some seniors, like my octogenarian grandma, keep their computer use simple with one trusty program that fulfills a basic need, minus extra frills. Others go wild with downloads and customizations for their desktop and browser. Find out how the 71-year-old dame of this week's Spyware Horror Story got her system into a pickle and how her neighbor's friend tried to pull her out in … Read more
As a computer tech, Jack's used to helping families evict unwanted malware.
What he's not used to is having to perform the same service three times in as many months for the same family. Is malware overpowering their defenses, or is the family relying too heavily on professional services as their safety net for chancy online behavior? Find out in this week's Spyware Horror Story.
William is philosophizing to his toothbrush one minute and contemplating practicing shot put with his computer the next. What burst his bubble?
William blames a virus, and in his tussle with the malignant malware, he learns a few lessons about the risks of sharing a computer with family and friends. But was it actually a virus that got him, and are the lessons he learned the right ones?
After the frustrations of dealing with damaged data, it's easy to generalize about past and future behavior. Set the record straight in a thrilling malware true-and-false in this week's Spyware … Read more
Pornographic pop-ups have plagued users since the early days of adware. While the serving methods may have changed since then, the damage these Trojans can do to a person's standing when porn shows up in the wrong place has not.
Users in past Spyware Horror Stories have been branded as smut lovers by family, classmates, and co-workers. In some cases, their jobs or grades were questioned.
In Tom's story, a misclicked link results in an academic toll that far outlasts the threat posed to his data. Find out how Tom saved his files even as his scholastic status … Read more