News Factor: Internet Sleuths for Hire: Defeating Spyware

If there is anything more disturbing on the Internet than spyware? Spyware programs record every keystroke and Web page a user visits, as well as every e-mail and chat session. Some do things like browser hijacking — attempting to alter homepage, searchpage and other browser settings — or drive-by downloading, in which programs silently load themselves on an Internet surfer’s computer or pose as a legitimate program to get the user to download them. An end-user can be a victim of these programs and not even know it. (full story)