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                                               Active Computer Spyware Threats
                                                              By Will Jones

  Computer Spyware is a form of malware which will infect your computer without permission and can
be used to steal your private information. Spyware has been used to log keystrokes made on your
computer and send sensitive email and banking information to remotely located hackers, change your
default home and search engine pages, and serve as a gateway for download of additional malware to
your computer. The number of Spyware threats on the Internet increases daily! Spyware can come in
many disguises to include adware, fake anti-spyware programs, and other legitimate files and
applications. Five of the top Spyware Threats are: 1 - Fake XPA Trojan Virus, 2 - BaiduSadar 3 -
Barracuda Spyware, 4 - GameVance, and 5 - HotBar.

 Spyware Threat #1 - Win32/Fake XPA Trojan Virus

 The FakeXPA iTrojan Virus also functions as Spyware once installed on your computer. It hides its
real purpose of data mining, hacking your computer, spreading additional Malware, Spyware, and
Adware. This FakeXPA is a kind of family of programs, which will claim to scan the system for malware
and after scanning, it issues fake warning like malicious viruses and programs have been detected.
This will tell the user to pay money in order to register for the software so that non-existent threats can
be removed. FakeXPA may display a dialog that exactly mimics the Windows Security Center to trick
unsuspecting computer users. Removal of Fake XPA is considered critical for your online safety.

Spyware Threat #2 - Barracuda Spyware

 Barracuda Spyware is a fake anti-spyware program that tricks you into thinking your computer is
infected. Barracuda will then attempt to convince you that its promoted product must be downloaded in
order to remove the infection from your computer. Unfortunately, if you buy the product, the computer
becomes even more infected! Other names for the Barracuda Spyware are: FakeAler-C,
SpywareProtect2009, FakeAV-LS, Adware.SpywareProtect 2009, FaudPack.kho, Antivirus System
Pro, Barracuda Antivirus, Security Central, and FakeSpyPro. Barracuda Spyware removal is critical in
order to prevent continued malware download to your computer.

Spyware Threat #3 - Win32/BaiduSadar

Win32.Baidu Sobar is considered to be a browser modifier version of adware. It ill install a web

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browser toolbar on your Internet Browser and then deliver a significant number of pop-up
advertisements and will change your default search engine page. Although by itself, BaiduSadar does
not carry a malicious payload, the webpages that it forces you to surf to in place of Google, MSN, and
Yahoo are capable of delivering a destructive payload to your computer. If infected with BaiduSadar,
you should focus on Spyware removal.

Spyware Threat #4 - Win32/Hotbar

 Adware Hotbar will display a toolbar and targeted pop-up ads on your computer based on your
Internet surfing history. Hotbar’s toolbar will appear in both Internet and Windows Explorer on
computers that run the Windows Operating System. When you click a button on the toolbar it will open
a webpage that will open a different advertising website. The Hotbar malware will report your browsing
history and other information to a remotely located server without permission. It should be removed
upon detection.

Spyware Threat #5 - Game Vance - Adware

 Game Vance Adware refers to advertisements that display ads on your computer and track usage in
exchange for free game play at When you register for the Game Vance free
game play service, one agrees to allow the ads run on their computer. After the End User Licensing
Agreement is signed, however, you will have a significant number of advertisements displayed on your
computer that can prove difficult to remove. If you have signed up for the Game Vance Adware, it
should be removed since the program will send your private information without permission to a
remotely located server.

Will Jones is an experienced tech and computer security writer. He regularly contributes to the up and
coming computer security website, The Malware Dictionary, His focus is on Spyware Removal.

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       Remove Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer - Fake Security Alert Removal
                                                 By Richard Yohannan

"Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer" Popup is a fake security alert from fake antispyware.
"Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer" Pop-ups could read:

 "Warning Spyware detected on your computer" Install an antivirus or spyware remover to clean your

 This Warning "Spyware Detected on Your Computer" Popup is supposed to scare you into buying the
fake antispyware. You may have caught this Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer Popup by
a drive-by download, or getting tricked into downloading a fake video codec.

 Unless you like getting ripped off, do not download the software the Warning Spyware Detected on
Your Computer Popup links to. The only spyware you are infected with is fake anti-spyware that you
need to remove.

 Rogue anti-spyware - or suspect anti-spyware - refers to anti-spyware software of questionable value.
Rogue anti-spyware may not be proven to protect your computer from spyware, may popup fake alerts
or create many false positives about your PC being infected, or may use scare tactics to try to get you
to purchase the application. Rogue anti-spyware software may be installed by a Trojan, come bundled
with other software, or install itself through web browser security holes. While it is fairly rare, some
rogue anti-spyware is created and distributed by known spyware or adware companies, and the rogue
anti-spyware may install spyware or adware itself.

 Typically, rogue anti-spyware has one or more of the qualities listed below, which is why rogue
anti-spyware is considered anti-spyware software of questionable value.

 - False positives/fake alerts: Rogue anti-spyware may produce a large number of false positives or
use fake alerts, noting that your computer is infected with spyware parasites or other threats that do
not really exist.

 - Copycat looks: Rogue anti-spyware may copy the look and feel of other legitimate or rogue
anti-spyware applications. Often, rogue anti-spyware applications may appear as close clones of other
rogue anti-spyware software.

 - High pressure marketing: Rogue anti-spyware may use scare tactics or other aggressive advertising
and marketing tactics to try to trick you into buying the rogue anti-spyware application. Often, rogue
anti-spyware may produce false positives and fake alerts about your computer being infected.

 - Poor detection/scan reporting: Rogue anti-spyware may produce poor reports when it scans your
PC. For example, rogue anti-spyware may say your computer is infected 11 parasites, but not specify
which spyware parasites or what type of parasites. Rogue anti-spyware may also report that your PC is
infected with SafeAndClean, but not tell you which related files, DLLS, etc. were found on your

- Weak scanning/detection: Rogue anti-spyware may not only poorly report on computer infection, but

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rogue antispyware may also poorly scan your PC. Rogue anti-spyware may skip over important folders
and files of your computer that should be scanned to detect spyware.

 "Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer" Popup may use these tactics to trick or scare you into
purchasing Warning Spyware Detected on Your Computer Popup.

 How to remove "Warning Spyware detected on your computer" pop-ups and Spyware. You can safely
remove "Warning Spyware detected on your computer". Install an antivirus or spyware remover to
clean your computer.

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