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Would You Trust A Spammer To Clean Your System?

I just got another piece of spam, this one from a company offering spyware cleaning software. The email showed a beautiful graphic of their software, with a huge caption: "Scanning Your System For Spyware".

And then an animated gif shows a "dialog window" with the text: "67 Spyware Detected. Click the button to remove all infections right now."

Of course, you can probably guess what I think of this: the company is trying to trick you into clicking on their animated gif, because you think this image is a legitimate message from your computer's operating system. How deceitful.

(speaking of deceit, here's an interesting proverb from the Bible I just read: Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. )

But back to the spammer. If you understand what spyware is, there's no way that you're going to click on this spammer's ad. Spyware is software that you download, which you think is legitimate, but starts doing things behind your back that you don't want it to do, like monitoring everything you do, or searching for email addresses, passwords, or even credit card numbers.

And how do you get this spyware? Mostly by downloading software from untrustworthy sources.

Hm. Let's think about that for a moment, shall we? I wouldn't trust a spammer to clean my system...more than likely he'd try to clean my clock!

A Helpful Hint
If you're looking for software to clean spyware of your system, get it from a reputable source, or you might end up with even more spyware on your system.

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