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Home Network Vulnerabilities: Spam, Cookies, Pop-Ups, Spyware, and Scams

Chapter Description

In addition to viruses and worms, there are some other annoying programs and files out there that you need to protect your home network from. This chapter focuses on spam, cookies, spyware, and scams—what they are, how they work, and how to get rid of or at least control them.

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Home Networking Simplified

Home Networking Simplified


Set Up Spyware and Adware Blocking on Your Home Computers

So far, we have mitigated very serious security risks. We have set up firewalls, antivirus protection, and spam blockers. Now onward to some less serious threats, but nonetheless irritating. Fortunately, the security product bundles we have been talking much about do incorporate protection for spyware and adware also.

It is assumed that you already installed the security product bundle you have selected. Table 16-2 shows the process for enabling spyware and adware blocking on both the Symantec and McAfee products.

Table 16-2 Enabling Spyware and Adware Blocking

Step Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005 McAfee Internet Security Suite

Symantec: Click
Threat Categories

McAfee: Click
Privacy Service>
Configure Privacy
Service Options

Spyware, Adware,

and Pop-Up Ads.

Click OK.

To see if your computer contains spyware or adware, we highly recommend the Spybot Search & Destroy program, which is available here:


After installation, you can run a scan of your computer by double-clicking on the Spybot S&D icon, and then clicking Check for Problems (see Figure 16-6).

Figure 6

Figure 16-6 Using Spybot Search and Destroy

When the scan completes, click Fix Selected Problems to erase the spyware or adware.

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