Skip to comments.Is Malware all that Bad, Really?
Posted on 11/27/2015 7:10:49 PM PST by Utilizer
So what are the most common types of malware?
They fall into two main categories: those that are basically no more than a nuisance, and those that are aimed at getting money from the victim.
Perhaps the most common example of nuisance malware is adware. According to Oh, this is typically delivered along with free software or by compromised or malicious web sites. Adware rarely does any real damage, but some examples are hard to remove.
The term was once applied to 'advertising supported software.' In return for getting a useful application at no charge, you accept that it will display ads from time to time -- an approach you still see in the free versions of some mobile apps. If you don't want the ads, you buy the paid versions instead - and depending on how much you pay for mobile data, the paid version can work out cheaper than the free one. Seems fair enough, right?
But these days adware has taken on a darker meaning, and more often refers to malware that delivers unwanted ads, changes browser settings to use a different search engine, and so on. The people behind this type of malware benefit by being paid for the traffic their code (re)directs to particular sites.
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Just something that irritates the crap out of me. Run cleanup daily.
almost thought this was an apologist piece for windows 10...
Is ISIS really that bad?
LOL! Good one.
Yes. Yet it is.
I have an extremely negative view of adware. Anything that makes me deviate from what I am trying to do is an irritant. I am one of those people that will pay money to rid of ads in a free app. (Of course, I also like to buy shareware too. I like the thought of someone writing a nice little app, and getting a little piece of money from thousands of people...)
I have noticed a very irritating form of online ads lately. It pops up in your face on a web page, so...you go to click on it to get rid of it. As you click, the whole thing shifts just a little, and...click...you have now clicked on something that launches some other web page that you now have to get rid of. The timing seems to vary on how it interacts with the mouse before it moves, as if they have programmed in a random value generator or something, so...you can’t quite predict it. It is pretty irritating, but I have to admit, I nearly very nearly admire the deviousness of it.
Agreed. Anything that changes even the most minor thing on a system, especially those that do something and don’t explicitly ask you, is grounds for breaking a programmer’s fingers.
That just makes my hackles go up.
Oh, almost forgot: Windows-related, but not stop-the-presses -type of info, mate.
For Your Perusal...
I remember one that was a little dialog box on a web page from the mid 90’s that every time you got the mouse near the ‘Close’ button the box would move, trying to get you to chase it all around the page. One learned to close the page, instead...
For browsers, I highly recommend AdblockPlus, and Ghostery installations, with a Scriptblocker added on if necessary.
Works wonders. :)
I remember that too.
This is weirdly more insidious and irritating, because you fall for it a few times, figure it out (you think) but you don’t realize the timing changes, and you fall for it a few more times, until you realize the SOB made the response random.