Removing Spyware

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When spyware or adware find their way onto your computer, you will want to remove them in order to restore safety and performance to your system. Removing spyware from a PC is a little time consuming, but if you do a thorough job, you are far more likely to be successful in the endeavor. Here are the basic steps necessary to successfully remove spyware from a PC.

In the first place, it is good to have an antivirus program and firewalls installed. However, if you already have spyware in your system, your regular software will not work. You will need a program specifically designed to scan for spyware. Before you run the scan, completely disconnect your computer from the internet. This will keep spyware from contacting outside sources, and it will keep more spyware from getting in.

While you are disconnected, run the scan and follow its instructions for deleting or quarantining the bad files. Each program is a little different, but most spyware removal programs will lead you through the process fairly well.

Then, reboot your computer (still disconnected from the internet, of course), and run the scan again. This is an important process, because many spyware applications are designed to re-infest, even if you think they have been destroyed. The internet 'feeds' spyware, so repeating the process of scanning and rebooting while disconnected can help you essentially starve the spyware and remove it completely. Then, try booting up in Safe Mode and running the scan one more time.

Once you have fixed the infestation, you still need to address the root of the problem. spyware got into your computer through an application or website (or a combination of both). Before reconnecting to the internet, remove the application you think might cause the problem. It can also help to go through your web browser settings to make sure no unfamiliar websites have been added to the "trusted sites" area of your settings. And of course, make sure you have an anti-spyware program installed and regularly updated.


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