Malware and Spyware

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Malware
Malware, short for malicious software, is software used or created to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. It can appear in the form of code, scripts, active content, and other software. ‘Malware’ is a general term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software.

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Spyware
Spyware is a type of malware (malicious software) installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user and can be difficult to detect. Some spyware, such as keyloggers, may be installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer intentionally in order to monitor users.


20-Percent of Facebook Users Vulnerable to Malware, Study Finds
According to the study, 20-percent of all Facebook users are exposed to malware as they troll through their friends’ news feeds.

450 Million WhatsApp Users Still Vulnerable to Malware Reported in December

2014 Best Anti-Malware Software Comparisons and Reviews
The best antimalware software is efficient and effective. It runs light yet is able to combat all multifarious malware. This type of security software protects your PC or laptop and your personal information.

2014 starts with record-breaking malware traffic
AppRiver released a detailed analysis of web and email-borne threats and malware trends traced between January and March 2014.

Block List
Online user community sponsored site. Lists resources for checking websites for malicious content i.e. malware.

E-mail scam involves fake package delivery problem
Article on CNN discusses how malware could be disguised as official-looking e-mails that appear to come from package delivery services such as UPS, FedEx or even the U.S. Postal Service.

Federal Trade Commission Alert: Spyware
According to officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, all computer users should get wise to the signs that spyware has been installed on their machines, and then take the appropriate steps to delete it.

How spyware works
A basic introduction and description of how spyware works and the legality involved.

Malware – EFF Surveillance Self-Defense Project

Most Facebook users blindly click malware Links
A survey by security firm BitDefender found that 97 percent of respondents on Facebook and Twitter click on links without checking for malware.

More Android malware sprouting up amidst 2012 Olympics
Android has been cited time and again as the mobile operating system most plagued by malware. It might not come as a surprise then that cyber criminals are taking advantage of the 2012 Summer Olympics as an opportunity and a cover-up for more malware.

Prevention Tips
Seventeen tips on how to avoid exposure to malware.

Spyware: What Is It and How to Prevent It
Learn about what spyware is, what it does, and how you can help prevent spyware and other unwanted software with information from Microsoft Security.

TED Video: Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net
It’s been 25 years since the first PC virus (Brain A) hit the net, and what was once an annoyance has become a sophisticated tool for crime and espionage. Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen tells us how we can stop these new viruses from threatening the internet as we know it.

Types of Malware
This website lists the different categories of malware along with a description of each.

Video: Avoid and remove Facebook malware video – CNET TV
Watch Avoid and remove Facebook malware videos on CNET TV.

Video: Mitigating Web-based Attacks
A Google presentation by Dr. Neil Daswani, Co-Founder, Dasient Inc. about web security.
Status: Link up to YouTube video posted July 2009.

What Is Spyware and Adware?

What is spyware or adware, and how can I remove it?
Spyware includes any data collection program that secretly gathers information about you and relays it to advertisers and other interested parties. Adware usually displays banners or unwanted pop-up windows. In many cases, unwanted programs of this sort do both functions.

YouTube Video: Choosing the best antivirus software Video guide – Protecting you PC from spyware
In this anti-spyware video we’ll show you how to avoid attracting the worst kinds of spyware and show you ways of tackling it.

ZDNet News on Malware
Webpage with news and articles on malware