What it is
Spyware is the Internet jargon for any data collection program that secretly gathers information about you and relays it to advertisers and other interested parties. Adware usually displays banners or unwanted pop-up windows, but often includes spyware as well.
You can unknowingly install spyware when you install new software, most commonly freeware or shareware (e.g. LimeWire, BearShare, Kazaa, iMesh). Many of these programs are intended to track your Internet browsing habit, such as frequented sites and favorite downloads, and then provide advertising companies with marketing data.
Some spyware programs such as Gator, CommonName, and MarketScore, can adversely affect your computer's performance.
How to Remove It
Unfortunately, you cannot fully remove most spyware and adware programs by using the uninstall option in the Windows Add or Remove Programs control panel. To completely remove spyware from your computer, you must use a program designed for spyware & adware.
How to Avoid it It
Avoid applications that are known to carry spyware & adware. Spybot - Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware have identified the following as applications that may contain spyware or adware:
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These additional steps also help avoid spyware & adware:
- Avoid advertisements
- Avoid clicking links in instant messaging software
- Frequently scan your computer with spyware detection software (included w/most anti-virus suites)
UAB IT provides Antivirus for use by everyone at UAB including your personal home systems. To download Microsoft Forefront Anti-virus software(Windows) or Sophos Anti-virus (OS X), please click the link below and select from the available antivirus titles.
Please Note: There is a known incompatibility with Sophos and FileVault on Mac OS X 10.5.x. If you are using FileVault please do not install Sophos Antivirus at this time.
The Campus agreement with Microsoft covers a certain set of software on a campus-wide basis... software such as MS Office that is used by almost everyone on campus. The Campus agreement is an annual term 'site license' based on the number of faculty/staff/students covered. The Campus agreement requires renewal and payment annually to remain in effect.
The Select agreement with MS is basically a volume discount arrangement for software products not included in the Campus agreement. These products are not widely installed, but more limited to use in certain departments or on specific systems such as servers. UAB projects an annual purchase volume (by category, not by software title) and MS provides discounts based on that projection. Should UAB not meet the annual projections future pricing would be based on the actual level of purchases from the prior year.usually at a reduced level of discount. Most product purchased under the Select agreement is granted as a perpetual license with a single upfront payment. No annual renewal fee is required to continue to use the software, but maintenance/support is available as an option.
See the Microsoft Agreement link for more information on what is available under the Campus and Select agreements.
Every UAB faculty, staff, and student (where applicable) is responsible for adhering to software copyright laws and license rights. While IT Software Licensing will ensure that appropriate licensing information is published for products included on the IT web site, it is the responsibility of each school, department, faculty/staff member, and student to maintain accurate records for all software installed on their systems. Records should include the software title, date and source of the purchase (including software acquired through this web site or AskIT), and where installed. For software not covered under a UAB site license, a sales order/invoice or the original physical media/license key would qualify as proof of a valid license. Note that only one method can be used for any one software title as proof, not a combination of the two for the same application.
Communicate to everyone in your area the need to understand and follow the rights granted by the license.
- Don't use one licensed copy to install a program on multiple systems.
- Don't make unauthorized copies of disks for distribution.
- Don't use UAB software at home unless the license specifically allows it.
- Don't use software after the expiration of the license.
- Don't take advantage of upgrade offers without having a legal copy of an earlier, upgradeable version of the software.
- KEEP ACCURATE RECORDS of all software purchased/installed in your area.
Q: My department/school uses a specific software application for many users and I'm fairly sure several other departments/schools at UAB use it as well. Is there a more economical way to purchase that software
Q: I use MS Project (example) on my computer and I have a copy of the media. My colleague also needs Project on her system. I know she is planning on placing an order for the software next week. Can I loan her my media to install so she can begin working immediately?
A: No, for MS Project that would be a violation of your license. Your colleague must have her own license prior to installing the software. For other titles such as MS Office covered under the Campus agreement loaning media would be acceptable. If in doubt contact AskIT for guidance.
UAB makes software available to faculty, staff and students under a variety of licenses. These are:
- Site Licenses - In certain cases, UAB has negotiated with a software manufacturer pricing that will provide access to a software program to all faculty, staff and students on campus. UAB has paid for these software licenses and only needs to ensure that the users downloading the software are actually members of the UAB community.
Software covered under site license is available free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.
Examples: Microsoft Office (see Microsoft Campus Agreement), SAS, SPSS, EndNote (for campus)
- Volume Discount Licenses - Other software titles are covered under a Volume Discount license. UAB was able to negotiate a reduced price for a bulk quantity of licenses. Most of these titles are free for use by the UAB Community - the only difference is that the University must keep track and count the number of copies of the software being used, in order to comply with the license agreement.
Software covered under volume discount license is usually free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.
Example: Microsoft Visio, Adobe
- Freeware - These software titles are free to use under the license provided with the software, and UAB did not have to negotiate any pricing to obtain the titles.
Example: TN3270 Emulator Software for Mac