TUTORIAL: How to Remove Spyware.
Ok lots of people
on here have problems with spyware, and most of the time its an easy fix.
If you keep getting popups or your homepage has changed or you
have a bunch of toolbars and programs installed on your computer that you
didnt install, chances are you have spyware. Here is a site with a list of
Company's which products are spyware and you do not want to have on your
personal favorite program to remove spyware is Adaware-6. Although some
people like Spybot Search & Destroy more, I prefer Adaware. Both are
excellent programs to remove spyware.
Hit Start >
Settings > Control Panel > Add & Remove Programs
programs that you didnt install and remove them.
Download Adaware-6 (or spybot)
Downloads.com Link: http://download.com.com/3000-8022_4...79.html?tag=pop
Download Link: http://download.com.com/redir?pid=1...2-10214379.html
the download has completed, run the setup file and install Adaware-6. Once
finished an icon should appear on your desktop (unless you selected
otherwise). Open Adaware-6 and click 'Check for Updates'. Download an
install the latest updates. Next hit Scan for Spyware (might say something
else, but similar) First off, I would do the Start System Scan. When
finished hit next and select all objects and remove them. Next I would do
the custom scan, select customize and enable everything (green checkmark)
and scan again. Repeat the process and remove the files. Once more scan
again using scan drives, select your drive and scan & remove the files
This should remove any spyware you have installed on your
If your Browser (Internet Explorer or other) has been
what is called Hijacked (homepage changes, toolbars show up, etc), then
you want to download a program called Hijack This.
sure not to delete any files needed by a program/windows or you may
corrupt your operating system*
Once downloaded, close all programs
and run the file. Hit scan it a list of programs running should appear.
Lets say for example, your homepage has been changed to http://www.coolwebsearch.com/
. After scanning, you would
delete any item that includes coolwebsearch/coolweb in it. Close the
program and Right Mouse click on Internet Explorer (or other) and set your
hompage to whatever you want (http://www.superhonda.com/
). Restart your computer and
see if it changes back. If you do not know which files to delete, save
your log and post it on superhonda and im sure a member will help you out.
If not PM me and ill see if I can help.
If it does you might want
to try deleting the files from your registry. Now let me warn you all,
when editing your registry, if you delete a file needed for windows,
windows will become corrupt and you may not be able to run windows/certain
*Make sure not to delete any files needed by a
program/windows or you may corrupt your operating system*
remove the items from your registry do:
Start > Run
Hit Edit > Find
Type in whatever your homepage has
changed to (coolwebsearch or just coolweb)
Look at your result before
deleting it, if it looks like it is a windows file do not delete it. Hit
F3 to go to the next file matching your search. Continue to delete all the
files (unless needed by windows). Exit the registry and restart and try
If all these steps do not solve your problem, you may have
a virus. If you have an Anti-Virus program installed (Norton is my
personal favorite) do all the updates and run a Full System Scan. If you
do not have an Anti-Virus program I suggest you invest in one as soon as
A free online virus scan brought to you by symantec can
be found here:http://symantec.com/cgi-bin/securitycheck.cgi
avoid getting a virus, be sure to do updates regularly and scan at least
once a month (suggested is once a week). Also be sure to do Windows
Updates at least once a month to avoid exploits in windows and getting all
those new worms.
This is all I could think up of off the top of my
head. If you have any problems feel free to PM me or post it up, I usually
check the Computer forum daily if not every other day. If anyone wants to
do a tutorial for how to use Spybot or if anyone wants to add anything to
this, feel freeTUTORIAL: How to Get Rid of annoying
only blocks pop-ups, but java scripts, ActiveX, Flash movies, along with
many other things.
Once you download and install, they take care
of the rest. Or you could get firefox or one of many other
browsers.TUTORIAL: How to Get Rid of VirusesKaspersky
– A smaller
company, but an awesome program.Norton
- More known, a good anti-virus.Mcafee
– More known, also a
Download, install, update, leave it alone while it
scans. These will also scan all incoming & outgoing mail, webpages and
files being accessed. These options can also be disabled.
choose to go the Kaspersky Route (Which I highly reccomend) and you are
upgrade from Norton you will have to follow these steps:Click here
to fix the problem
You will need to do this because of Norton and there
crappy un-installer.How To:
-If you have XP, you also have one built in.
download, install and run. You'll get a little icon in your taskbar
showing you status. Expect your connection to slow down along with your
computer. A risk worth taking? I think
When you get the icon by your clock
telling you its time to update. Security patches, tweaks, etc. They are
annoying, but the 10 minutes of time they take will save you 10 days of
downtime. Please do update atleast once a