Learn how to remove spywares in your PC or laptop. Know what are the available options: free or for a fee.
Are you experiencing a very slow startup speed in your PC or laptop? Have you tried opening your Internet browser when suddenly it redirects you to any random website? If your computer unusually took too long to boot or to run any computer applications, then probably your computer is already infected with either a virus, adware, malware, or a Spyware.
A spyware, as the name implies, refers to any application or piece of code which secretly collects user data and activities to be used by other interested parties without the user’s knowledge. As compared to a computer virus, a spyware can be more dangerous as it steals your personal data and exploit it to other people; thus can potentially make a great impact if not taken any serious action.
How to Diagnose a Spyware Infected PC or Laptop
Distinguishing a spyware from computer viruses or adwares might be difficult without using a specialized software (antivirus or antispyware) to scan your computer. However, there are common spyware signs and behaviors which might give you a hint that your computer is infected. Here are some:
- 1. Very slow computer startup speed or a serious drop in responsiveness when opening or running any application.
- 2. New and unusual icons or shortcuts appear on your desktop. Clicking it will redirect you to a website that install more spyware on your PC.
- 3. Fishy pop-up ads appear even if you’re not surfing the Internet
- 4. Change of default home page of your web browser with a suspicious or fake replica of your favorite website.
- 5. New toolbars are added to the top portion of your browser – usually used to exploit user browsing activity.
- 6. New “favorites” are added to your browser’s favorites folder.
If you experience the above signs, then a spyware might be causing it.
How to Remove Spywares from my Computer
There are two (2) ways you can remove spywares from your PC or laptop: (1) manually or (2) by downloading free antispyware applications to clean them. Spywares can be very hard to remove manually since it duplicates and hide itself in different corners of your hard drive. With this, I recommend using the second option.
So the next question is, what are the best free antispyware available in the market? Here are my top picks for the tools you will need to clean your spyware infected computer. Install these softwares and run them periodically.
SUPERAntiSpyware (Free Version) – been using this software since I got my first laptop and I must say that I’m satisfied with it even for a free version. During tough and critical times, this amazing free software helped me out clean and restore back my previous Windows XP laptop to its normal condition.
CCleaner (Free) – I think it’s the best free cleaning-tool for Windows PCs. CCleaner will help you protect your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. It can clean up traces made by spywares once they’ve been removed by your free antispyware.
AVG Antivirus (Free) – To further protect your computer future virus and spyware infections, you also need to download and installed a free antivirus. For me, AVG is the best free antivirus out in the market for its award-winning basic protection.
Once you’ve downloaded the three, run a full system scan starting with SUPERAntiSpyware, CCleaner, then AVG Antivirus. Then restart your computer to see the results.
Viruses, Spywares, Adwares, Malwares, and the like are really nasty programs which cause undesirable effects on our computer’s performace. Thus, we should always try to avoid these things by being smart enough when browsing the internet. In the end, our computer is not the one to be blamed of once infected – but the USer itself. Hope this article of mine helps.
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