My real life battle with spyware
This is not your typical article on spyware. Instead, it's a modern day parable of my own recent experience with a crippling spyware infestation, with some important lessons for sysadmins of all types to learn as a result of my somewhat embarrassing mistakes.
How it happened
...Against my better judgment, I downloaded the file to my local machine, and ran the patch. Unfortunately, the patch was actually a Trojan, and it proceeded to download a load of particularly nasty spyware on my machine without my knowledge. As soon as I realised what was happening I powered down the machine (literally pulling the plug), but it was too late. The infection had already spread into core components of the operating system. PC Advisor
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