Spyware is one of the many unwanted software under the category of malware. It is closely related to adware and dreadfully difficult to get rid of.
If anything, it’s easier defeat a chess master at his own game than remove the pesky annoyances known as spyware.
Rather dreadful, isn’t it?
That’s why as the saying goes – prevention is better than cure. So let us hit the checklist of things to do to avoid the infection of your computer from Spyware or Adware.
Programs To Avoid
One, avoid P2P or file-sharing programs. Since most of them are free of charge, they often have a program that will magically install itself into your computer without your consent and will monitor your keyword searches and track you website usage.
Yes, everyone, this obviously is the spyware. So beware, because although awfully useful and convenient, P2P can give you loads of grief as well.
Next, stop downloading tool-bars online since the lesser ones are actually data-miners that will not only give information about you but will also slow down your internet speed as it sends the said info.
So let’s move away from those web search tool bars and download accelerators, alright? Third in the list is, stay away and don’t click any of those pop-ups that offer free scanning of your computer.
These are mostly fake and are actually spyware givers. So don’t forget this warning. Do not click it! Fourth, update your operating system especially if you’re using Windows.
Along with this, download the latest version of your web browser. It lessens the chances, really. And last but definitely not the least, get and install a good and reliable anti-spyware.
Getting Rid Of Spyware Safely
It’s definitely beneficial as it gets those few spyware that pass by your preliminary defenses. Again you need to know how to get rid of spyware safely. The best part though is that it allows a free scan to check your system.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the cleaning. First, show hidden folders and files. This can be done on Folder Options. Next, optimize the browser. Uninstall known spyware from your computer, delete unknown and unneeded, and then run a scan using both anti-virus and anti-spyware.
Suggested programs are Noadware and Spybot Search and Destroy. After this, restart into Safe Mode using the F8 key and run full system checks using the anti-malware software again.
Once done, boot back to normal mode and scan again. Hopefully, it’s clean now. If not, it is suggested to have your computer cleaned by a professional after backing up the important files and data.
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