How many spyware items are infecting your computer?
Q: I just had, by mistake, a plug-in called Intelligent Explorer installed to my browser. Spyware or adware items are continually infecting my computers. How do I fix this problem?
Answer: Spyware is normally not designed to harm your computer. The damage it does is more a result of its main task, which is to serve you targeted advertisements or make your browser display certain websites or search results pages.
At present, largely spyware targets only the Windows operating system (Internet Explorer).”
To be fair, spyware can be undisruptive, for example tracking cookies don’t do much. While such things breach on your privacy, they don’t really damage anything. Others, however, are extremely dangerous.
So what do you do about it?
No spyware program seems to do all cleaning jobs, but there are a lot of good quality solutions out there that can help. Here is a list of some of the top Spyware tools to look at:
1) Try Ad-Aware 6.0 Professional from LavaSoft (there is also a free version with less functionality)
2) Spybot Search & Destroy from PepiMK Software
3) Xoftspy form Pareto Logic
5) Spyware Guard from Javacool Software is a free program
4) Pest Patrol (now part of Computer Associates by acquisition)
5) McAfee Anti-Spyware
One thing is for sure: you do need to take spyware seriously. For some cause, too many people out there think anti-virus solutions are the end of all solution. They are not actually.
And, when all else fails?
If your personal computer has been infected with a large number of spyware programs and if they are not at all repairable, the only solution you may have is backing up your data, and performing a full reinstall of the operating system.