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Wares

An informal word for goods for sale.
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Brendler adds that there is legislation in some state legislatures seeking to thwart badware as well.
Part of the problem, Brendler adds, is the distinction between spyware, adware, viruses, and other badware. Even when a consumer takes some steps like using an anti-virus program, he may not know he needs another program to help protect against adware.
The consumer is not at fault when unknowingly accessing badware, Brendler adds.
Villa gave some tips for Internet users to protect their computers from badware: "The best way [to determine if a program contains badware] at this point is to search for the name of the software on a major search engine before you install it.
Internet users can visit StopBadware.org to check whether programs they want to download are infected with badware or to report programs they have encountered that include malicious software.
Sometimes the differences between these two types of badware are small or nonexistent.
The first thing that we're attempting to do is create a clearinghouse based on the Web where people can come and tell their stories about their experiences with badware."
It then loads spyware, adware, or other badware on the unsuspecting user's computer.