Spyware: what you need to know
It can turn your system against you, slow your browser to a crawl and inhabit your computer like some grotesque parasite. It can cling to your Windows registry with its grasping mandibles and sucking away its very life. And those are just the side effects of spyware - those annoying, privacy-invading programs you'll spend the better part of the Thanksgiving holiday removing from your parents' computer.
By Kim Zetter at Wired.
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