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. For 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, 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 downloading two programs, be sure to run update feature to be sure they are current when it comes to detecting latest threats. Remove 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 view 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 check startup programs occasionally you may see a new spyware entry that will alert you it's time to clean out spyware again.