Study: Adware Increasing Exponentially

The prevalence of adware and spyware is increasing at an exponential rate, and only one out of every 33 Web users can correctly identify a 'safe' and 'unsafe' site, security firm McAfee said in a report first released Monday. The study's results are troubling and indicate work to stop the spread of these applications must be intensified.

While from 2000 to 2002 only about 40 adware families existed, over the following four years, that number increased over ten times to over 450 different families. In addition, these programs had some 4,000 variants, the company found. BetaNews | Study: Adware Increasing Exponentially

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