How To Remove Spyware

Chris Stephens By Chris Stephens, 30th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A step by step guid describing methods for removing spyware from a computer system

How To Remove Spyware

The first step to removing spyware is to disconnect your computer from the internet. This can be done in a couple of ways.

1. Disable your network connection.
2. If you are connected to the internet using a Ethernet connection, unplug the Ethernet connection to your computer in the back.
3. Unplug your modem.

By doing this your disabling any kind of communication from your computer to the host computer which is monitoring you and what you do.

The next step would be to install some good anti spyware software. I recommend and use Spybot Search And Destroy. This is a highly recommended program to be used by myself and a lot of computer professionals out there. And also its free. So you cant beat that.

Next reboot the computer, when it turns back on press "F8" until you get a screen that is black and asks you

Windows Advanced Options Menu
Please select an option:

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
Debugging Mode

Start Windows Normally
Return to OS Choices Menu

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

you want to choose the first option safe mode

Next once its loaded into safe mode you want to install your anti-spyware program, if it's already installed then the next thing would be to start it and run it.

Update the program
than Remove any infections it detects.

Also go and install CCleaner. This is an awesome program. It will delete all your temporary files and internet cache. Plus its fixed registry errors. It will help in the process. Also in CCleaner tools, you want to go to startup and remove anything that looks fishy. Sometimes spyware like to attach itself to the startup list so that when you log into windows it will start itself back up.

After all of that is done, you can also check the windows add or remove programs inside your control panel. Check for anything to do with spyware programs, I mentioned some to look for at the beginning of the guide. Things like browser tool bars and weatherbug etc... Remove all of these.

Reboot and you should be set spyware free.

Hope all of this helps


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