Spyware – Eradicate Now

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Spyware - Eradicate Now

Spyware – Eradicate Now

Spyware removal has become a tedious job. When the threat of spyware gets worse, a number of techniques have emerged to counter it. Among others are

a program designed to remove or block spyware
educate users in such a way that spyware removal is no longer needed
user practices that reduce the chance of getting spyware on a system.

Spyware remains an expensive problem even with all the new technology used to combat them. If a large number of spyware programs have infected a Windows computer, the only way to save the computer is to back up user data, and reinstall the operating system completely.

Anti-spyware program

One of the most popular anti-spyware programs, Adwarealert will help you find and ultimately rid your computer of unwanted spyware software.

Many programmers and several commercial companies have released products designed to remove or block spyware. Steve Gibson’s OptOut ,, practically creates a growing category. Programs like,

AdwareAlert
Ad-Aware Lavasoft SE
Patrick Kolla’s Spybot – Search & Destroy

quickly gained popularity as an effective tool for removing, and in some cases intercepting, spyware programs.

Microsoft recently purchased GIANT Anti-Spyware software, renamed it Windows AntiSpyware beta and released it as a free download for users of Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows 2003. The software that was renamed to date exists as a time-limited beta test product which will expire at the end of July 2006. Microsoft continues to develop and update this product.

Antispyware, removal, and antivirus protection

Major anti-virus companies like Symantec, McAfee and Sophos came later to the table, adding anti-spyware features to existing anti-virus products.

Initially, anti-virus companies did not want to add anti-spyware functionality, citing a lawsuit filed by spyware authors against website writers and programs that described their products as “spyware”.

However, the latest versions of the home and business anti-virus products of these large companies include anti-spyware functions. Spyware is treated differently than viruses though.

Symantec Anti-Virus, for example, categorizes spyware programs as “extended threats” and now offers real-time protection from them (as is the case for viruses). The disadvantages of these programs are that they are very complex and in many cases produce more obstacles to jump over then you as a user really need.

Like most anti-virus software, anti-spyware software requires a database of threats that is updated frequently. When a new spyware program is released, anti-spyware developers find and evaluate it, creating “signatures” or “definitions” that allow software to detect and remove spyware.

If the spyware program is not blocked and successfully installed itself, it may reject attempts to stop or delete it. Some programs work together: when the anti-spyware scanner (or user) stops one running process, others restart the dead program, making it almost impossible to clean the computer.

Some spyware will detect attempts to delete registry keys during spyware removal and immediately add them again. Usually, booting an infected computer in safe mode allows the anti-spyware program a better chance of removing persistent spyware.

The most extreme cleaning method is to move the hard drive to another computer, boot to the normal boot disk owned by the computer, then clean the infected disk. You can also install an infected disk through a local network and scan & clean it to remove as much spyware as possible.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to clean your computer, but using a good spyware removal program will make your life easier

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