A Future Without Adware?
Jeanson James Ancheta made a good living from using adware to turn compromised PCs into cash. The 20 year old Californian cobbled together software to automate attacks on victims' computers, infecting nearly 400,000 systems and allowing him to control the machines remotely....Lucrative? Yes, but also illegal. Law enforcement and consumer advocates have gotten wise to such schemes.
...Tough measures, but the problem remains. The lion's share of adware has been installed on machines without a user's permission. A survey conducted last year by PC Pitstop found that between 70 and 90 percent of adware-infected users were unaware of the software running on their PCs. Solutions from PC Magazine: A Future Without Adware?
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