Security For Computer Users
Getting rid of Unwanted Spyware?
If you use Microsoft Windows, you should protect your computer against spyware and adware. (Mac users are mostly immune.) Follow these simple steps and you should be able to take back control of you machine.
To protect yourself, you'll need a few simple software tools which fortunately are all free. Click on the following links if you don't already have them on your computer
Scan for existing spyware. Use Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Microsoft Anti Spyware (will only work on Windows 2000 and Windows XP) to scan and clean your computer of existing nasties. Make sure you update the programs before you run them.
You'll catch more if you run these in "safe mode." To do so restart your computer. As your computer starts and before the appearance of the Windows logo screen, repeatedly hit the F8 key. A menu will open up onscreen giving you a selection of how you want to start the computer. Choose "Safe Mode". When in safe mode some of the programs will not work but that's OK. Run each of the software programs suggested and when they are finished, simply restart your machine normally (don't hit the F8 key).
Immunize by protecting your computer from future problems. Download and run Spyware Blaster. This will block many bad sites. Finally, turn "Real Time Protection" on in Microsoft Anti Spyware.
Signs of spyware
Does your Windows computer suffer from any of these symptoms?
- Slow and sluggish especially when surfing the Internet
- Pop-up windows appear, even though you have a pop-up blocker
- Your browser's home page keeps getting "hijacked"
- Your cursor changes shape or pretty backgrounds appear on your browser's toolbars
- Kazaa Media Desktop / File Sharing
- Comet Cursor
- HotBar or HuntBar
As you can see, protecting yourself and your computer only takes a few minutes however, you must make the effort to be safe.
Tomorrow we'll talk about cookies (not the ones you'll be baking for Christmas)
As always, should you have any questions about your computer, do not hesitate in picking up the phone or writing... better to contact me and be sure.
Tom @ Tata Computers