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Finding VALID spyware removal program

by Arkansan / March 4, 2005 5:04 AM PST

Would someone please help a neophyte like me find some VALID and free spyware removal software. I am a conservative user of the internet, but my computer has spyware on it, I'm almost certain. It continues to click OFF the internet and it is NOT my ISP's fault, according to them. Also I have noticed that the "shut down windows display box" has RESTART always selested. I know I don't select it. HELP PLEASE! THANK YOU!

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Hi Arkansan
by roddy32 / March 4, 2005 5:23 AM PST

You can start with these which are all free and if you still have problems, post back with more specifics and we'll see what we can do to help.

Spybot S&D (download, check for updates, read the tutorial and scan often, it also does some blocking)
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html

SpywareBlaster (a blocker only, download it, check for updates, enable it and leave it alone except for checking for updates occasionally)
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


SpywareGuard (similiar to SpywareBlaster but works in a different way and does not update as often for that reason.
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

Ad-Aware SE (a scanner, download, check for updates, read the directions and scan.
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

cwshredder (stand alone unit)(another small scanner for certain things, ALL other windows should be closed)
http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html

Also do an online scan at one or all of these.
On the first one, make sure you checkmark the box that says "autoclean"

Housecall (using IE with Active-X)
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

Housecall (all browsers using java)
http://uk.trendmicro-europe.com/enterprise/products/housecall_launch.php

PandaActivescan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm

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Or, read several thread down 'Anti Parasites'
by Gakada / March 4, 2005 5:25 AM PST
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Spyware Software
by PEisenberg / March 4, 2005 6:42 AM PST

Depending on what operation system you are using you might be better off paying for a good spyware removal software like CounterSpy. However be aware it does better with XP then any other operating system. You can download a version in CNET's downloads to try it out. Good luck.

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