Spyware is an issue affecting millions of computers around the world, but the scariest part is most people do not even understand their computers are infected. If you have a computer and you use the Internet (and do not all computer owners surf the Web?) You have to know how to manage spyware. Luckily, this seemingly daunting task can be achieved in 4 not-so-tough measures.
First Of All, What Is Spyware?
To begin with, there were computer viruses and today there’s spyware. What is the difference? And to make matters worse, over the years the line has blurred. To keep things easy, it can be stated that viruses wreak havoc on computer systems while spyware surreptitiously collects information. And if it collects information, sooner or later it will send that information to someone – who has sinister plans for it. Based on the sort of spyware infecting your system, you might just find a whole lot of porno advertisements popping up now and then or you may have all the funds removed from your bank account. So… spyware must go.
Four Steps to Delete Spyware from Your Computer
- Choose a fantastic spyware scanner.
- Perform a full scan of your computer.
- Remove any spyware found.
- Scan again and call in specialist help if necessary.
You Will Need an Effective Anti-Spyware Application
First, you need very good spyware detection software, more simply referred to as a spyware scanner. There are a few ways to find one:
- Ask friends and loved ones. See what anti-spyware apps they are using… if they are using anything.
- Check online forums. A fantastic idea. You will always find a few suggestions in forums.
- Proceed to Download.com or Tucows.com. They have excellent applications available for downloading. Anything rated 5 stars on Download.com or 5 “cows” on Tucows (Tucows does not use celebrities, they utilize cows, of course) is exceptional software that you need to seriously consider acquiring. I personally will not have anything to do with spyware scanners unless they have great reviews on at least one of these websites.
Whatever software you choose, ensure you receive the kind that doesn’t only check file names. You will need spyware detection software that will actually “drill” into the code of this file itself to see whether it is actually spyware or not. Spyware makes use of stealth tactics to hide.
Your Computer Has to Be Fully Scanned
Most scanners offer you the choice of performing a “quick” scan of your computer – this won’t suffice. Your entire computer has to be scanned for spyware. Pick the FULL or COMPLETE scan option and start scanning your computer. Then sit back and wait. This could take some time. Anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours. It is dependent on the spyware detection applications, the speed of your computer and the number of files you have. Spyware can be a risk to your internet browsing.
Delete Spyware Once It’s Been Detected
Once your spyware scanner has discovered spyware, it normally quarantines it and then leaves the rest up to you. You may then delete it from quarantine or (depending on the software) you can have it deleted automatically. It’s a fantastic idea to automatically quarantine any suspected spyware. Then you can have a look at it and confirm for yourself if it is spyware or not – just in case the application tagged a document that is not “dirty.” Then you can delete it.
Scan Again and Get Help if Needed
This component could get tricky. Reboot your computer and execute one more complete scan and see what comes up. I hate to tell you this, but spyware is quite persistent and has means of regenerating itself. I have deleted spyware just to have it return after a reboot. If a spyware program has returned, but it is in the restore directory – do not panic. Your spyware scanner’s on its feet. It deleted the offender the first time and it will delete the filthy file this time (spyware frequently attempts to go through the restore directory). However, if the malicious software is back in exactly the exact same directory – then you’ve got a problem. Your scanner failed to eliminate all traces of it.
The best thing to do would be to disconnect your computer from the Internet and look through the Yellow Pages under “computer service” or “computer repair/cleaning.” You will need to get some knowledgeable support to eliminate that spyware, especially if it’s high risk.
Spyware infests millions of computers around the globe and is responsible for untold losses in damaged land and loss of capital. It enslaves computers to make them a part of a “zombie” military to pump out spam. Do not be a victim. Turn the tables on spyware and banish it from your system with a few simple, but powerful actions.