Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to remove a spyware

A spyware program generally installs itself on your computer without your consent. This program slows your computer and reduces the system memory. Spyware also infects computer through malicious email attachments or pop-up links(see:How does spyware affect your computer?). To remove a spyware from your computer, follow the manual removal process.

Step1: Uninstall unwanted software from your computer and install spyware detection and removal software.

Step2: You can also remove spyware using Windows Defender.
  • Click Start -> All Programs-> Windows Defender
  • Click the "down arrow" next to Scan and select Full Scan.
  • It will automatically remove any spyware that it detects.

Step3: Delete all temporary files and folders from your computer. And also clean the Recycle Bin.

Step4: If your computer is connected to the Internet then disconnect it and reboot your computer in safe mode.
Step5: Scan your computer using the anti-spyware software. It will remove infected programs or files.

Step6: Clean registry where many installed programs store their settings.There will be spyware in the Registry on systems that are infected.You should run the Registry Editor, a program that lets you view and make changes to the Registry.

Step7:  If anti-spyware software cannot remove the spyware, format your hard drive and reinstall your operating system. This should be done only in the worst scenario.

See also: How to Manually Find Spyware on a Mac
                How Adware and Spyware Can Harm Your Computer

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