Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Fix Spyware and Ad-ware related PC problems

Ever so often you would have come across a scenario when you are sitting in front of your computer, and surfing through various sites when a nasty little advertisement comes on and no matter how many times you close it, it still keeps coming back. Here is another situation when you set your IE homepage to a specific page and later you find that it has been set to something else. Well there is nothing wrong with your PC, however there are nasty program that have gotten their way into your PC called ad-aware or spyware. Don't worry it's very easy to get rid of these programs.

This is a very common problem with PC's and to get rid of them you will need a third party utility that can hunt down these programs and delete them from your computer.

Spybot a simple and effective spyware removal utility (recommended by PC Magazine) which scans your system for invasion programs and deletes them from your system. Spybot, which is available for download from http://www.safernetworking.org, provides you with a simple interface that enables you to scan your system and remove offending applications.

Another effective utility is Ad-Aware from Lavasoft. This utility is available for free at http://www.lavasoftusa.com, essentially performs the same functions as Spybot, also with a simple-to-use interface. You can scan your system for problems and then choose to fix those problems once the scan completes.

It is common to have spyware or ad-aware on computers, however if these utilities are run once every two weeks, your computer is going to be ad-aware free and you won't have to deal with those nasty popups anymore.

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