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Adware and Spyware
One of the biggest problems I've found facing
computer users in the past year is the overwhelming amount of Adware and
Spyware being installed on your computer by unscrupulous companies. If you have
never used a Spyware/Adware removal tool, you probably have a lot of these
little bugs slowing down your computer.
Why do I care about Adware and Spyware on your computer?
I'm concerned that your computer might not be working
very well - making your websurfing experience frustrating. Bad for you as a
visitor and bad for me as a webmaster. If you are on a dial-up modem it can
keep your modem so busy downloading advertisements that you can hardly get to
the sites you want - like ours.
How do I know if I've got Adware and Spyware on my
What can you do to remove Spyware and Adware from your
Also "Spybot Search and Destroy"
from safer-networking.org - Here's a direct download link from
http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy It's free for
personal use. There's a lot of really good information on spyware and the SSD
program on the
safer-networking.org website if you are interested, but you
shouldn't "need" to read it to run the program. SSD has a helpful "immunize"
function that will prevent adware and spyware from getting back on the computer
after you clean it out - use this if you like.
I've personally used these programs on all my home computers as
well as my families machines. They work incredibly well and are simple to use,
but that doesn't mean you can't possibly have problems - so use them at your
Finally, Be cautious of some spyware removal programs - including ones you need to purchase to use. Here's a link to the "Spyware Warrior" website. Scroll down the page to see how "anti-spyware" programs can actually be installing additional programs instead of removing them. You've got to give the spyware installers credit, they are very creative...
If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for taking the time to read this page and doing your part to keep the internet clean.