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Anti-spyware Tops Download Charts, But That’s Not the Whole Story.

There are hundreds of software download websites, but CNET’s www.download.com is the king of them all with millions of downloads every day. It is also a good place to see what’s hot in the world of software, a kind of New York Times bestseller list for geeks. I find it pretty interesting and educational. Here’s why.

As of today, the #1 downloaded program is Spy Sweeper – a powerful anti-spyware tool. About 1.2 million people install it every week. Spy Sweeper is followed by two other anti-spyware products: Spyware Doctor and Ad-Aware. So far so good. People are aware of the spyware threat and are taking action to mitigate it.

Next line down the list… Oh, no! This is LimeWire! Yes, the #4 is occupied by a file-sharing program that is ideally suited to proliferate malware. But that’s not it. A few lines below we see our good old file-sharing friend Morpheus at #7. As if that was not enough, there is BitTorrent, another risky program, at #9.

So, in the top ten downloaded software programs, we find three anti-spyware tools and three potential spyware mediums. Do you see a pattern here?

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