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The “Weekly Rant” column was featured in the PC Mechanic Newsletter since 2005. Topics relate to some aspect of technology, which include opinions on hardware, software, new technology, technology companies, and computing standards.

This week’s rant is geared towards spyware.  We all have had spyware, and I am sure we all have dealt with spyware by fixing a computer or many computers infested with spyware.  The question is why is spyware around?

To answer the question, we must look at the vulnerabilities of the Internet.  There is not a lot of people out there who know how to use a computer, or know how to take the pre-cautions towards opening an e-mail attachment or a program.  This is the vulnerability that spyware makers use;  They know that they are not going to beat the people who know how to keep away from spyware, but they assume that the knowledgeable population is very low compared to the people who don’t know anything about computers, so they use that to their advantage.  So the point that I am trying to make is, that spyware makers are going to be in business until we educate everybody on spyware.

So I answered the question, and the conclusion is that we need to close that vulnerability to better regulate spyware infections  On the other hand, perhaps the spyware makers are giving a hand to the PC techs?  The more complex the spyware is, the complex the solution to remove it is, therefore, more time spent on the computer.  Time+Complex problem= $.

Yes, this is a short rant, but it got the point across.  Hopefully people will read this rant, and better educate themselves on spyware.  Lets win the war against Spyware!

(Originally published in the pcmech.com newsletter)