Spyware is software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and that may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge. read more at WikiPedia

  • I use the hard way, free but a bit more difficult as it require a rooted device, I personally use “Android Terminal Emulator” with granted root permissions (after typing su a prompt will appear)

    Android how to delete system application

    su (enter)
    mount -o rw,remount /system (enter)
    rm -r /system/app/FILE-NAME-HERE.apk (enter)

    How to remove this SHIT of myTaxi – Passenger Taxi App on Samsung Galaxy S3

    This application got installed without my knowledge by a Samsung update as a System App that CANNOT BE UN INSTALLED!

    First before I forgot: Go to hell Samsung andIntelligent Apps GmbH

    If either of you continue in that direction, installing software without my prior permission, the next update to my Samsung Galaxy S3 will be CyanogenMod 10

    Back to the removal of MyTaxi,&160; Samsung did hide taxi.android.client_v2.5.1.apk under the name /system/app/samsung_ch.apk

    To remove it

    su (enter)
    mount -o rw,remount /system (enter)
    rm -r /system/app/samsung_ch.apk (enter)
  • Microsoft security researchers are warning about a new generation of powerful system monitoring programs, or "rootkits," that are almost impossible to detect using current security products and that could pose a serious risk to corporations and individuals. More Here

    Rootkit replace some part of the kernel or programs in order to do operations in the background or avoid being compromise...As usual, they're a lot of malchance that windows get attack more often, since:
    • You are running as admin user or
    • M$ program isolation is a joke (sandboxing, user rights...).
    Note: a tool to detect a lot of them under linux: chkrootkit, the version 0.44 is available under YaST Suse 9.2, to launch it simply type as root: chkrootkitafter installation...

  • Strange the definition itself of spyware (Wikipedia) is changing at Microsoft Headquarter constantly...

    Microsoft sets Claria to "Ignore"where a person explains in its blog how Microsoft decide to change the level of threat of a spyware company (Claria) from quarantine to ignore. So there is only 2 possibility for me:

    • 1. Claria is not a spyware company anymore, I dont think so since Gator spyware is still their main product,
    • 2. Claria fund/discuss with X for not blocking them,

    I find this revolting to say the least, and that is why I do not trust Microsoft antispyware program (and You shouldn't as well) but better rely on some free, and/or open source variants: (the more You run the better protection You have)

    If You do not use any spyware program, this is probably how Your browser looks like :-(
    A lot of virulent comments can also be read on slashdot.org