Spyware & Adware - PC Clean Up

These links will take you to different free sites if your computer is running slow, has a virus, malware or spyware. These will be helpful to try on your own.

 What is Spyware?  Spyware is software that is installed in a computer without the user's knowledge and transmits information about the user's computer activities over the Internet.

What is Adware?  A form of spyware that collects information about the user in order to display advertisements in the Web browser based on the information it collects from the user's browsing patterns.

 

   Malwarebytes 

Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

  

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

 

 CWShredder is to purge your PC of the notoriously nasty malware component known as CoolWebSearch. The minimal interface reflects the app's narrow focus, with only a few buttons for scanning your machine and repairing problems.

 

 

Ad-Aware Free is your proactive malware removal tool, allowing you to combat today's toughest cyber threats.

 

 

  

Spybot checks your system against a comprehensive database of adware and other system invaders. It also features several interface improvements, including multiple skins for dressing up its appearance. Scan results now appear arranged by groups in a tree, and a sliding panel lets you instantly view information about a selected item to help you decide whether to kill it or not. The Immunize feature blocks a wide variety of malware before it reaches your computer. 

Removing Programs:

Go to your Control Panel, click on ADD/REMOVE Programs and look for installed programs with names containing "Search," "Toolbar," "Deal," "Save," or any other unwanted programs.  Highlight the program and click the "Change/Remove" button. All programs are a little different but follow the directions to complete the remove process. Restart your computer if it prompts and repeat the process until all the junk programs are gone.

Windows Updates:

If you have an internet connection, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.  All Windows Updates to scan your computer. Click "Express" to begin the install process. Once they are all installed your computer will be secured from many vulnerabilities. You can also download and install the most recent versions of other Microsoft software including, Media Player.

 

 

 

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