Spyware is tricky since it may hide in lots of different places in your computer. Besides running anti-spyware and anti-virus software, there are 3 simple steps to take to ensure your pesky friend has left the building.
Here are the 3 simple steps not to forget when removing spyware:
- Remove temp folder files. Go to Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Internet Options and then delete your temp and temporary files. Lots of viruses harbor in this neck of the woods
- De-activate System Restore. Right-click My Computer -> Properties -> System Restore and turn off system restore. Even when you remove viruses, the System Restore will still save a copy of the viruses in this folder. So, it is important to turn off this service.
- Stop malicious startup programs. Go to Start-> Run and type: msconfig -> Startup tab and uncheck to remove any blank lines or virus-looking executables. This will ensure the virus doesn’t launch at startup.
These 3 steps will help tame your spyware and viruses.