Danger: Screensavers Come With Strings Attached
Thu Sep 7, 2006 1:50PM EDT
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What could be more innocuous than downloading a screensaver to dress up your PC? "Well, the reality is that screensavers are some of the riskiest pieces of software that you can download to your computer," says Shane Keats of McAfee, Inc., makers of a variety of PC protection software.
Keats says, that while serious techies know they shouldn't download screensavers from the web, there are 15 million screensaver web searches each month. Those who end their search with a download are likely to find adware, spyware, or worse tagging along for the ride.
McAfee found the most dangerous screensaver this summer was Miami Vice, and that sites offering baseball or World Cup soccer downloads also were high on the risk list.
Story from Yahoo