Spyware, a common problem for computer users, refers to covertly installed applications that monitor and record your computer usage habits. Spyware is not only invasive, but it can slow your computer down and cause it to crash. Fortunately, new legislation has been passed that adds large fines to punishments companies convicted of installing spyware can receive. However, it is easy to question the effectiveness of stricter laws, as the companies responsible for spyware might simply relocate to avoid possible fines. Helping consumers avoid spyware may be a more effective strategy, and to that end computer-maker Dell has partnered with getnetwise.org, a non-profit group aimed at helping educate consumers and help them avoid spyware. Other getnetwise.org members include AOL and Microsoft. Read more at CNN and MSNBC.