Spyware and adware are not only a bother, they are a threat to your computer. These viruses are a serious threat to the information that is stored on your computer such as you bank account. Aside from the threat to your personal information, the viruses take up space and resources on your computer.
If you feel that your PC has become infected, you will need to close all running applications and disconnect your PC from the Internet by removing the phone line or cable or any connector to the modem or router by detaching the Ethernet cable.
First, go to the “Windows Control Panel” and open the list of “Add/Remove Programs”. If you are able to see the unwanted spyware or adware program, then highlight the program and select “Remove”. If you are operating on Windows Vista, you may need to access “Programs and Features” to find the “Add/Remove Programs”. After you have removed the program/s, reboot your computer.
After you have rebooted, perform a full scan of your system. It is vital to use an updated anti-virsu scanner and an anti-spyware remedy. If you are not using these, run in “Safe Mode”. You may nee to use BartPE Bootable CD in order to eliminate spyware or adware loading. If you do have both the anti-virus and anti-spyware then you will need to download them from reputable sites.
The programs must be removed completely- meaning they should not reoccur when you connect your PC to the Internet. Prior to reconnecting your PC to the Internet, reset your home pages and browser to “Start”. Make certain that the host files have not been hijacked and that all web sites should be from your Trusted Sites Zone.
For further prevention of the reoccurrence of infections from spyware and adware, always check which programs or software you installed. First, research any programs that you would like to install. Always keep your PC system patched completely. This is also very important, it is necessary to always make a disk image backup. To do this you will need to use a bootable CD or a new partition in your PC system.
Also, before performing any process on your PC, familiarize yourself with what you are going to do by reading first. Ask for the help of someone with knowledge if you are unable to do it yourself. With this other possible problems may be detected and be solved for the best operation of your PC system.
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