How do you get Spyware? By Typing Goggle instead of Google

My clients with spyware or virus infected computers always ask me how they got the infections in the first place. By typing goggle insteasd of google I tell them. By that, I mean they accidentally mis-spell or make a keyboarding error such as typing goggle instead of google, and arrive at a rogue site chock full of nasty viruses.

We techies call that drive by infections. You merely “drive by” the website and catch the infections some criminals have put there.

I never wondered why I used the word goggle as my example, but today while surfing the net I ran across this Youtube video and realized that I’d seen it before. So that’s probably why. And I thought I was being so original!! The video’s funny, but not so funny if it’s happening to you.

Another way to get a lot of viruses is by downloading porn or going to porn sites and by downloading free music, movies, and software from p2ps. Beware, it’s bad out there.

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