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Hunting Down Spyware

Another growing nuisance is the proliferation of spyware programs. These are programs that install themselves on your computer and then surreptitiously send information about the way you use your PC to some interested third party. Spyware typically gets installed in the background when you're installing another program. One of the biggest sources of spyware are KaZaA and other peer-to-peer music-trading networks; when you install the file-trading software, the spyware is also installed.

Learn more about music-trading networks in Chapter 33, “Downloading and Playing Digital Music.”



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