3 Simple Steps to Stay Safe from Spyware

Written by Erich Bihlman

There are several basic concepts to keep in mind when deciding to stay spyware free for good. This article will outline a spyware checklist for you to keep in mind when getting tough on spyware and taking back control of your computer using two popular free applications, Ad-Aware,and Spybot - S&D. Using these two programs in conjunction will eliminate a vast majority of spyware problems from your computer. Forrepparttar purposes of this article, "spyware" refers also to adware, malware, and other not-so-nice "features" of today's computing reality.

These are some tell-tale warning signs that your computer may be suffering from spyware-

You receive many pop-ups

Your computer is running slowly

You may have invasive toolbars hijacking your browser

Your home page may have been hijacked

Your first step to escaping spyware's wrath is to download and run Ad-Aware and Spybot - S&D,repparttar 138333 two leading spyware fighting tools out there, boasting millions of downloads each. Please remember it's always safest to backup your system before installing a new program or executing one. After downloadingrepparttar 138334 two programs, be sure to runrepparttar 138335 update feature to be sure they are current when it comes to detectingrepparttar 138336 latest threats. Removerepparttar 138337 detected spyware using these two programs, then move to step two.

The second step in staying spyware free involves you to be proactive. At this point your computer should be free from spyware. What you want to do now is keep it this way, to do that there are helpful tips to guide you. In Windows 98 you can use msconfig to viewrepparttar 138338 startup programs on your computer. This is helpful because you can control what programs automatically load when you boot your computer. To access this invaluable tool, go to START >> RUN, type MSCONFIG. If you checkrepparttar 138339 startup programs occasionally you may see a new spyware entry that will alert you it's time to clean outrepparttar 138340 spyware again.

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