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Spyware and Malware Removal – Links and Hints

Do you have spyware on your system? Here are some suggestions for removal and hints for keeping it off in the future.


Spyware is everywhere. It uses Internet Explorer exploits, viruses, and lies to get software on your computer.

If you are here, you probably have spyware already. Here are some common tools to help you remove it.

Removal Tools:

Online Trojan Scanners:

Suggestions for Keeping Spyware Off:

    1. Keep your computer up to date: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
    2. Consider running a browser other than IE such as Firefox
    3. Use an antivirus program and keep it updated.
    4. If you install something and realize that it is spyware, try Recovering from a Restore Point
    5. Run a firewall (even the one included in SP2).
    6. Tighten-up your Internet connection.
    [list]
    1. Open your Control Panel.
    2. Click Internet Options.
    3. Click the Security Tab.
    4. Click Internet.
    5. Click Custom Level.
    6. Activate the following settings:

    [list]Download Signed ActiveX Controls -> prompt
    Download Unsigned Active X Controls -> disable
    Initialize and script Active X controls not marked as safe -> disable
    Run Active X controls and plug-ins -> enable
    Script Active X controls marked safe for scripting -> enable
    Java permissions -> high safety (if available)
    Access data sources across domains -> disable
    Launching programs and files in an IFRAME -> prompt
    Installation of Desktop items -> prompt
    Navigate sub-frames across different domains ->prompt

If you cannot open your Task Manager by CTRL-ALT-DEL, try this tech-recipe.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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