Hello, Here you will find a collection of tasks to cleanup your computer and increase peformance. Most of which can be done for free. It is intended for the common user who is not a computer expert. Make a selection from the table of contents.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Remove Spyware

If you surf the internet regularly without adequate protection, you will eventually find your computer full for spyware. Spyware is software that uses the internet to send information about you and your computer without your knowledge. Now days, it is very common and can slow your computer down an incredible amount. (ie as it is so busy sending information about you and your computer to various destinations on the internet)
There are many anti-spyware software applications available on the market. I personally use “Ad-Aware SE Personal”. Firstly, because it’s free. Secondly, It is one of the most popular ones out there, so bugs and updates a-plenty. Thirdly, I find it has a consistent high standard in discovering the latest spyware.
Once downloaded and installed, ensure you obtain the latest definition updates (similar to virus definitions). This is done by simply clicking the update button. Then do a manual scan of your computer every so often and remove spyware.

Note : You may have seen that Microsoft have released their own spyware remover called “window defender”. This software is currently in beta. I have trialed it, but not seen it remove anything yet, so, still place my faith in Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware SE Personal.

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