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How to Remove Spyware

The golden rule when it comes to spyware is that it is more difficult to remove it than to prevent it from attacking your system in the first place. A reliable firewall and a real-time spyware removal tool are a better way of avoiding spyware than removing it later from your PC.

Spyware threats are illegitimate pieces of software - viruses or Trojan horses - that give out your web browsing habits, logins and passwords, credit card numbers and all other personal data on your PC that you'd rather keep secret. Once the spyware program gathers them, it will attempt to transmit your secrets to the hackers.

Spyware is often very devious and well written. When you attempt to remove certain spyware programs, you will notice that many of them are able to reinstall themselves as soon as they are deleted. They end up performing several modifications to your system's registry and because of this, they are restored at every system startup, making them very difficult to remove manually.

Prevent spyware installation

The best thing you can do to prevent spyware from installing on your PC is to use a set of constantly updated security programs. You should have a decent firewall (the one that comes with Windows is usually not enough), anti-virus program (preferably McAfee or Symantec Norton AntiVirus) and an effective spyware scanner (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter are good examples).

If all of these programs are installed and constantly updated, they will detect most spyware threats before they attempt to infect your PC and stop them. What is more, they are also the only tools you can use to remove spyware once it is installed. It is strongly recommended to keep all of them on your PC and NEVER kill their processes or shut them down while your computer is running.

Spyware removal tools

You must remove spyware installed on your computer as soon as you notice it. Since spyware is sometimes difficult to notice, it is recommended that you scan your PC using a spyware scanner at least once a week to make sure it remains clean and safe to use. Antispyware tools like STOPzilla and Spyware Doctor have real-time protection that work to block infections from entering your computer in the first place.

The scanner, in most cases, will be able to remove spyware infections completely, but it is recommended that you reboot the computer immediately after the scan and then re-scan your machine to check if the threats have been removed for good. If the problems persist, you should change or update your security software immediately and try again. 

Manual spyware removal

If you are an experienced computer user and the anti-spyware tools have been unable to remove spyware infections, you can also try to remove the threat manually by editing the registry. This is not recommended though, as the effect of any mistake made during registry cleaning might end in a system crash and a full reinstallation. The far better option is to contact the support team for the antispyware program that you have.

However, if the threat is serious and you are sure you can handle it, you may remove spyware manually. The instructions for manual removals of specific spyware programs can be found on this website and elsewhere on the Internet.



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