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How to Get Rid of Spyware FREE

Submitted by Rusbiz Librarian  l July 21 2006  l  Viewings: 4754

By Mark Gebbia

Easy-To-Use Free Spyware Removal Programs

Nobody wants spyware on their computer and there are many kind programmers that offer free software to remove it simply on principal. You really shouldnt have to buy anything to have this pesky software removed. In fact some of the products that cost money dont work nearly as well as the free versions. Worse yet, a few of those programs dont do anything at all to remove spyware! We will start with the easiest solutions and move on to programs that require a little experience and technical understanding to use. 99% of the time these simple solutions will take care of all your spyware problems.

Spybot Search and Destroy

You may have heard of Spybot. It is commonly used and commonly praised. Continually updated for emerging threats, spybot is also user friendly.

Ad-Aware Personal Edition

Ad-Aware is another popular program that will scan your hard drive and remove malicious software. If you ask around, you will find advocators who swear by one or these two programs. Its really just a matter of choice. And if you cant choose, theres no harm in downloading and trying them both just in case. Then in the future you choose your favorite of the two.

Your best bet is to download and install one of the first two easy-to-use programs mentioned above, update and run them regularly especially after installing any new software.

Advanced Spyware Removal Tools

The following tools require some understanding of the programs you actually need on your computer and how your computer works. They are more aggressive and therefore you could mess up your computer if you dont know what youre doing. So be warned!

Merijn.org contains some free tools that really search the depths of you computer to mine out bad programs. Their download page contains all kinds of great free goodies for problem solving computer disasters. Keep in mind with these free programs that someone took the time to write the code for your benefit. If something you find here saves your life, it might build some good karma to donate a couple of bucks to the hardworking programmer through his site. One of his tools that is definitely worth looking into is called HijackThis!

HijackThis! works by scanning all the programs, add-ons and your registry and then returns a list of programs installed in areas that are often targeted by spyware. It does not differentiate between good software and spyware though that is up to you. So you may erase programs you actually need if youre not careful.

Mark Gebbia answers the question "what is spyware?" at HowToGetRidOfStuff.com; the web's best resource for getting rid of stuff.

Article source: http://library.rusbiz.com

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