Unenacted bills:

Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 (S. 472/H.R. 1099)

The Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 (previously introduced as S. 2636 in the 108th Congress) was introduced on February 28, 2005, by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). A companion bill, H.R. 1099, was introduced in the House by Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR) on March 3, 2005. The bill would prohibit, among other activities, sending e-mail that directs recipients to a website that falsely purports to belong to a legitimate online business and solicits recipients to provide personal information.

U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2005 (S. 1608)

The Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act ("U.S. SAFE WEB Act") of 2005 was introduced on July 29, 2005, by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR). The bill is intended to enhance the power of the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers from illegal spam, spyware, and cross-border fraud and deception.

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Spyware has many ways of getting onto your computer, such as:

When you download programs - particularly freeware, or peer-to-peer sharing programs.

More covertly, spyware can install itself just by you visiting certain sites, by prompting you to download an application to see the site properly.

ActiveX controls. These pesky spyware makers will prompt you to install themselves while using your Internet browser