Anyone who has used the internet for any amount of time will have probably encountered Gator. Some of you will also know that Gator is a spyware app, and is hated by many due to its apparent ability to install itself without your permission. But why is it really so evil?
The UK magazine PC Plus has come up with explaining just what this parasite does and why it’s bad. Some of the reasons are not directly obvious either, but make sense. It has the potential to be a very serious security threat, if you allow it to remember things like your credit card details or your bank account, for example.
I’ve never had Gator on any of my computers, mainly because I don’t need it (systems like IE’s AutoComplete or Mozilla’s Form Manager work well enough for me), but also because I don’t want my personal data being made available to some faceless corporation in another country (where data protection laws aren’t so strict), or worse to some virus writer or script kiddy who decided it’d be fun to upload a trojan to my machine.
Note: to remove Gator from your system, use Spybot S&D. It will also help you protect your computer from being ‘infected’ in future.