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July 07, 2005

Spyware, Adware, Viruses Altering Online Behavior

The vast majority of online consumers have changed their computing behavior because of the threat of spyware and viruses being downloaded onto their computers, according to a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, with 9 out of 10 users saying they have made at least one change to evaid the unwanted downloading of software, InformationWeek reports. Nearly 7 in 10 home internet users in the U.S., or about 93 million people, have experienced at least one problem related to unwanted software.

Among them, more than 59 million, or 43 percent of those surveyed, said they have found one example of adware or spyware on their computers, after Pew researchers discussed the definitions of those terms with the online consumers, writes ClickZ. Although 80 percent of consumers said they knew about spyware, less than half understood adware.

Full article at Marketing VOX

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