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How To Remove Spyware / Adware

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, can you tell me how to remove spyware and adware?“ - Tiffany D., Canada

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Why You Should Remove Spyware / Adware

Spyware is a type of software program that secretly collects information regarding the user’s computer activities and sends it back to the one who made the said spyware. Spyware can alter a computer’s behavior once it enters its system.

Spyware can be installed on a PC in various fashions. Often, spyware is found in various sources such as online gaming, file-sharing programs, screensavers as well as downloading of software from suspicious and insecure websites. Sometimes it comes bundled with shareware programs.

A computer infected with spyware has the following symptoms:

  • Installation of malicious toolbars
  • Your browser is redirected to another page (browser hijacker)
  • Your home page has been changed to an unknown, suspicious site
  • Several pop-ups are automatically installed on the computer
  • Creation of new desktop shortcuts
  • Slow computer response and internet takes a long time to connect
  • Antivirus programs frequently prompt that your computer system is infected with malware, spyware, and Trojan Horses
  • Search engines return unwanted results when doing a search
  • Starting and resuming a program takes a long time to respond
  • Your username and password are sent to the creators of the spyware by means of a keylogger

Remove Spyware / Adware: Tips & Tricks

To prevent spyware from doing damage to your computer and stealing private information, you must learn several preventive measures to keep spyware at bay. It is often hard to tell whether your computer is infected with adware, malware, spyware, or keyloggers.

Therefore, it is crucial that your practice safe surfing, safe emailing, use spyware detection programs, secure your web browsers’ settings, block file-sharing programs, block annoying pop-up ads, and thoroughly scan the computer with a trusted antivirus program.

Perhaps, the best way to permanently get rid of pesky spyware programs is by downloading and installing spyware removal tools. There are lots of spyware removal tools in the market, both for free and paid subscriptions. However, it is recommended that you get the paid ones for the best results.

Investing in a good spyware program is worth much more than the cost of the program, saving your tremendous time dealing with an infected computer and money buying a new PC. Disregarding the existence of spyware in your computer system does not only slow down your computer, but it can also steal private information such as bank and credit card numbers. Therefore, removing spyware is very crucial since it can do considerable damage if neglected.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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