First off , if you dont have a high speed internet connection , plan on it taking awhile to complete all of this. All of the spyware programs i will mention are completely free.
Getting rid of spyware
Spybot Search and Destroy
This is one of the better scanners. This will pick up MOST
spyware but not all.
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When you get it installed , run the program. Next , Press the button that says "Search For Updates",click it. You will see an update on the list. After this , click the "No mirror selected" button close to the upper-mid left hand corner. Click the down arrow and select a mirror (download site) that is closest to you. Now double clickon the update and let it go.Next press the "Search and Destroy Button". Now press "Check for problems" in that box. It will take a few minutes granted you have a good computer. After everything finishes , press the Fix all problems. Now thats one down.
Ad Aware 6.0
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After you install the program , run it. There will be a little link in the corner entitled "Check for updates now" , click it. Now press the connect button in the box that just popped up. It should pop up with something along the lines of
New reference-file availible!
Build: 01R249 22.01.2004, Date:22.01.2004
Download and install this file?
Press the OK button. After that completes , press the "Finish Button". Now you are back to the main screen. Press the "Scan Now" button. It now says "Select Scan Mode" , put the dot into the "Select drives\folders to scan" and press the select button. Now most hard drives are configured to the C: drive , you may have 2 hard drives , if you know that you have to select them both. Place a checkmark next to the C: Drive and press the "Proceed" button. Now press the next button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will run another scan on the system and cleanse what Spybot didn't. After the scan is complete and you have your speakers on you will hear a alien sounding noise, this confirms that the scan is complete. Press the "Next" button. Every item that you see , press the square box to the left of and and that will check it off. Do this to all of them and then press the "Next Button."It will confirm the number of objects to be removed and click the "Ok" Button. Now it will be quarantined and isolated from everything else.
This program will keep most spyware from even ENTERING
your system. This is a wonderful program.
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When this is downloaded , start to run the program. This will bring up some mumba jumbo , dont worry about it. Next , click the "Check for updates" button. If you need updates, it will state something along the lines of "Definitions blah blah blah" ,press once on the definitions update and press the "Download Update(s) button." When that is done , click the finish button. Next, Click the "Select All" at the lower-mid section of the program. Now press the "Protect Against Check Items!" Button. Now you are set up against most spyware.
Every scanner i have mentioned needs to be checked weekly for updates.
These are ESSENTIAL
to even BEING on the internet. There are over 60,000 Security-Threats online, do you want to feel safe?
Virus scanners that are on your desktop do in fact cost money , but it is well worth the small fee. I reccomend Nortons Antivirus for this task due to it's automatic updates and how thoroughly it scans through each and every file.
Here are a few FREE online virus scanners:
Click the "Scan Now, Its Free" button
Click the "I agree" tab if you agree to let it scan your system for viruses
Click The "Go" Button
Click The Animated Logo that says "Online Virus Check Free!"
These will rid your computer of most viruses. A Real-Time scanner is a must and pick one up at your local computer store ASAP.
Cleaning Up Un-necessary files
Windows has a built in feature for this. Click the start button , scroll up to the Programs Tab, Scroll up to the accessories tab, scroll to the system tools tab, and click the disk cleanup button. This will show things such as :
Downloaded Program Files
Temporary Internet Files
Click the box next to each selection and press the "Ok" button. It asks if you want to perform these actions , press the "yes" button. This now cleans your system of unused programs.
Windows has a built in feature for this. Click the start button , scroll up to the Programs Tab, Scroll up to the accessories tab, scroll to the system tools tab, and now click the "Disk Defragmenter" tab. Click the "Analyze" button. This will take a few minutes. It should bring up a box saying
Analysis is complete for C:
If you need to defragment it will say
You should defragment this volume. Click the "Defragment Button". This will takes minutes to hours depending on the size of your hard drive.
Well this is it for now , i will be adding more tips later , this should get the point across for most of it though. Any questions about computers just ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or SKINeGibbs on Instant Messenger.
I suggest using the Google Toolbar Found here
Click downloaded google toolbar , install it and follow the instructions it gives you. This will block just about any pop up. If you are trying to get a window and you see it's being blocked , hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click it and it will come up.
Most people use Outlook Express as their email client (unless you use an online one) , and a tool i reccomend is Cloudmark Spamnet Found Here
Click the Free Beta Version and install it. This will automatically update itself and keep your inbox spam free.