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How do I get rid of Spyware?
Posted by Administrator on 01 August 2005 04:32 PM
Spyware is software that is downloaded to your computer either by clicking on a pop-up ad, or installing software like Kazaa and almost all music sharing programs, Weatherbug, Date & Time sync applications, etc. Chances are, if you have downloaded a free program advertised in a pop-up window, it will contain spyware. Once installed, spyware software can easily send any required information out to the Internet using the system's current connection. Such transactions occur in the background and are difficult to notice or trace, since most firewall hardware and software, including Windows XP's built in firewall, does not interfere with information going out of the protected computer or network. Please keep in mind that uninstalling the software that the spyware was bundled with usually does not remove the spyware.

There are plenty of programs to combat this nuisance. One such program is Spybot Search and Destroy. This software is free. You can get it at http://www.safer-networking.org Visit that page and click on tutorial along the left. It will show you how to download and install Spybot Search and Destroy.
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