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How to Detect, Remove And Block Spyware And Malware From Your Computer

Detect, Remove And Block Spyware And Malware From Your Computer:

Spyware Programs


Spyware programs range from annoying to the very harmful, including keyboard loggers and screen capture applications that can steal passwords and other sensitive information. The key loggers actually record every keystroke you enter on your computer, including passwords and emails. The programs are sometimes bundled in with shareware or freeware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Often times they will claim to be a useful tool to protect you against spyware but will actually be spyware itself. You have to be careful.

Many of the programs are marketed as legitimate tools for keeping tabs on children and spouses online. One program called Activity Logger, for example, connects to the Internet on its own, records the URLs of sites visited and the keystrokes from e-mail and chat applications. It will also capture screenshots that can be made into a slide show. Spyware programs range from annoying to the dangerous, including keyboard loggers and screen capture applications that can steal passwords and other sensitive information.

You are going to need to know how to detect, remove and block spyware and other malware from your computer.

Detect, Remove And Block Spyware And Malware From Your Computer:

You need some anti-spyware software to help you detect, remove and block spyware and other malware from your computer.

Anti-spyware software works in a lot like your anti-virus does. It scans your computer’s hard drive and looks for files associated with known spyware and adware programs. After the scan, the software usually displays or quarantines potential problems and allows users to decide what should be removed. As mention earlier, definitions vary and your tolerance to certain advertising-related cookies may be high.

Download anti-spyware software here

Like anti-virus software, anti-spyware software relies on databases of known rogue programs that must be updated. Regardless of which anti-spyware package you decide to use, make sure you understand how and when it updates so you are protected against the newest pests. Also check any type of spyware or adware removal programs with the spyware databases.

Finding the right anti-spyware software can be a daunting task in your quest to a spyware free computer. Not to worry, I have done all the work for you! I researched a ton of the software packages and even come to find out that some of them will actually install spyware on your computer. Through all my research and findings I give Spyware Cease my highest recommedation. I used a lot of these programs but none of them gave me the flexability and the protection that Spyware Cease did.

Detect, Remove And Block Spyware And Malware From Your Computer:

Here are some things you can do to help you detect, remove and block spyware and other malware from your computer.


Save yourself with System Restore

No matter how aware or alert you are, you may wake up one day and find your PC overrun with pop-up ads or your browser hijacked by a piece of spyware. Windows System Restore, found in Windows XP, offers a quick and easy way to remove such a spyware infection–if you catch it early enough.

Whenever you install a new piece of software or make a major change to your system, you can create a restore point in Windows, which records your system configuration before the change. This works like a system-wide undo, letting you fix any problems that a new piece of software or hardware or something else has caused. System Restore shouldn’t affect any of your data, only your system configuration, and in any case, the changes you make are completely reversible. You can turn on System Restore so that it automatically creates restore points daily and before you install software. Or if you know you’re about to install a new program or make a change, you can manually create a restore point

To access System Restore, follow these simple steps. I have included screenshots and a video for you to follow!

1. Click Start and go to All Programs


2. Click on Accessories


3. Then click on System Tools


4. Then click System Restore


5. Here is your system restore, you can do a couple of things from this screen. You can either create a brand new system restore as your computer is right now. So when you hit your redo button it will take your computer back to how things are right now. Or you can restore your computer back to a prior date.


If you are trying to create a new restore point follow screen 6. If you want to actually restore your computer from a prior restore point click step 7.

6. Select the create system restore button and click next. You will get the screen below. Just name your system restore whatever you want and hit next and it will create that restore point. Probably best to name it a date or something like "before I messed with my registry”.


7. If your trying to restore your computer to a previous spot, here is where you will do it. First select”restore my computer to an earlier time.” Next screen just select a date or select the name of the restore point you created and click next.


8. Once your all done you will get a wrap up screen that looks like this. Just click next and you will restore your computer to a previous time. This will completely restart you computer.


If you have System Restore turned on, you’ll be presented with a calendar showing available restore points. If not, you can choose to create one before you install a new app.

If you’ve been using System Restore and suspect you’ve accidentally downloaded spyware, just select the most recent available restore point that you believe predates the introduction of the spyware. Remember, this will undo all changes made to your system, including any software updates, though it won’t delete documents you’ve created since the restore point. So be conservative; you can always try again with an earlier restore point.

Once you’ve successfully banished the spyware and restored your system to good working order, you may want to delete your saved restore points so that you don’t inadvertently use System Restore and reinstall the spyware on your system. To do this, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, click the System Restore tab, click the check box next to "Turn off System Restore on all drives.” Click OK, then repeat the process, unchecking the box to turn System Restore back on.

If you’re about to download software that might be suspicious and you don’t have System Restore turned on (it can be a bit of a system hog), just create a restore point before you install. Follow the same instructions as above then click on create restore point.

Service Pack 2 Helps Protect You From Spyware

If you haven’t yet installed Microsoft’s Service Pack 2 update for Windows XP, here’s another reason to do so: SP2 gives you detailed control of add-ons to Internet Explorer, helping you take back control of your browser and thwart a wide array of spyware attacks.

On the sly or by masquerading as a useful utility such as a toolbar, spyware can infiltrate Internet Explorer, hijacking your browser, bombarding you with ads, and tracking your every move online. Even legitimate add-ons can be infuriatingly difficult to remove once installed on your system.

To manage add-ons, first make sure you have Service Pack 2 installed. Then launch Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, and click the Programs tab.

Click the Manage Add-ons button; you’ll probably be presented with disturbingly long list of add-ons. Go one by one through the list, click anything suspicious, and select the Disable radio button.

Be aggressive in disabling add-ons, especially Browser Helper Objects and Browser Extensions. It’s a simple matter to reenable them if you realize later that you need them.

Of course, you may want to consider abandoning Internet Explorer altogether and switching to an alternative browser such as Mozilla’s Firefox. That will limit your vulnerability to many spyware and virus threats. Click below to get the Firefox web browser, it will keep you a lot more safe when browsing the internet than Internet Explorer can.

It’s a sad fact, but the more suspicious and paranoid you are, the more likely you are to avoid a spyware infection. With a few wrong clicks, you can be completely forfeiting your privacy online. However, with just a little self-restraint, you can avoid most online threats.

Before you install anything, ask yourself this simple question: do I trust the makers of this software to have access to everything on my PC? Has someone I know and trust recommended this software, or did I just happen upon it through a banner ad? If you don’t have a good reason to trust the software publisher, take a pass. It’s not worth the risk.

If you’re still entertaining the idea of installing something, read the license agreement and the company’s privacy policy very carefully. Often, a company will divulge the spyware/adware aspects of its software in the fine print, assuming (quite rightly) that most people won’t bother reading.

Detect, Remove And Block Spyware And Malware From Your Computer:

Here is a little history, legal and statistical information on spyware!


The Anti-Spyware Coalition, a group of companies that include EarthLink, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard, have recently published a document that defines spyware as such: "Spyware impairs users control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information”

The first spyware distribution was in 1999, and is attributed to a popular freeware program called "Elf Bowling.” Many users found to their dismay that this "harmless game,” was sending information to the creators, Nsoft. This spawned the first anti-spyware program in the year 2000.

You don’t know how the stuff was loaded on your computer, but it is causing all kinds of problems. The computer is running slower, certain programs are not working, and on occasion, you see the dreaded "blue screen of death.” (crash). Don’t worry, you are not alone According to an October 2004 study by America Online and the National Cyber-Security Alliance, 80% of surveyed users’ computers had some form of spyware, with an average of 93 spyware components per computer. 89% of surveyed users with spyware reported that they did not know of its presence, and 95% reported that they had not given permission for it to be installed.

Our lawmakers are doing their best to stem the tide of spyware/malware. For example, in Washington State, USA, it is illegal for anyone other than the owner/operator of a computer to install software that alters web browser settings, monitors keystrokes, or disables computer security software.

There is hope. In 2005, NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer brought suit against Intermix Media, Inc. Intermix’s spyware program spread by drive-by download (loaded without permission), and installed itself in such a way it was very difficult to remove. Intermix settled for $7.5 million dollars.

Spyware is here to stay. Your best bet is to be informed – know the tricks used by spyware to load itself. Use a firewall or spyware blocker program. Most important, understand exactly what that new program will install on your innocent computer.

Category: Computer Zone | Views: 635 | Added by: LittleProf | Tags: Gurus Technology, Gurus Windows, Gurus Tutorials | Rating: 5.0/1
Total comments: 1
1 seniorkoa   (2011-03-25 4:08 PM) [Gurus Entry]
That is gr8. Keep it up. biggrin happy tongue wacko

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