After having a nasty run-in with spyware, I decided to post my research in hopes
of helping others clean their computers of nasty spyware and viruses.
Did you know your computer can be infected by spyware and viruses, and you
would not even know it? Modern viruses don't try to destroy your computer, they
try to access your data, or use your computer as a robot to go after others.
If you notice lots of pop-up ads, or if your computer is running a lot slower than
when it was new, you may be infected by spyware or viruses.
LavaSoft AdAware is the easiest to use spyware removal tool I have found.
They offer a Free version for personal use. I have used both the free version and
the plus version, and can tell you the free version works great, and is all you
need. You can download it from here: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
SpyBot Search & Destroy is another great spyware removal tool. It is slightly
more complicated than LavaSoft AdAware, but it has a great feature called immunize.
I recommend using both AdAware and SpyBot Search & Destroy as they complement
each other. You can download it here: http://www.spybot.info/en/download/
Spyware Blaster does not remove Spyware, it prevents it from ever getting on your
computer in the first place. It is basically a giant list of harmful sites and active-x
controls which it prevents your computer from loading. I love it. http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Most computers nowadays come with a virus scanner pre-installed, such as McAfee
or Nortons. If not, you really need one. I have found a free virus scanner, that
works well and even scans your incoming e-mail. It is called AVG AntiVirus and you
can download it here: http://free.grisoft.com/