Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Yahoo! Anti-Spyware is software downloadable as a bundle with the Yahoo! Toolbar, developed and distributed by Yahoo! Inc. Available only to Firefox users, Anti-Spyware is a new addition to the toolbar, allowing you to more safely enjoy the Internet.
# Step 1: Turn on your computer. Open Firefox and download the Yahoo! Toolbar.
# Step 2: A prompt will appear below your address bar asking if you want to install the software. Press "Allow" on the far right of the prompt.
# Step 3: A new window will appear, prompting you to install only the add-ons you trust. Press the "Install Now" button to confirm.
# Step 4: The download will initiate. When the download is complete, you will be asked to restart Firefox for the changes to take effect. Accept by pressing the "Restart Firefox" button.
# Step 5: When Firefox initiates, you now should see the newly installed Yahoo! toolbar. If not, click on the "View" menu in the browser, and hover above "Toolbars." Click on the "Yahoo! Toolbar" button to reveal it.
Friday, March 25, 2011
PC Tools Spyware Doctor is a program that protects your computer from spyware, the malicious computer software that can steal your data and personal information. Spyware Doctor scans your computer for and removes spyware. Spyware Doctor stays resident in your computer's memory to block spyware infections before they can happen. PC Tools hosts a free version of Spyware Doctor that you can download and install if you would like to try the program.
# Step 1: Open a Web browser and browse to the PC Tools Spyware Doctor website using the link in the Resources section of this article.
# Step 2: Click the green "Start Download Now" button. A download window appears. Select your desktop using the navigation window and click the "Save" button.
# Step 3: Double-click the file "sdsetup.exe" on your desktop when Spyware Doctor has finished downloading. The Spyware Doctor installation utility appears and begins downloading the latest spyware definitions from the Internet. When the progress bar is full, this process is complete. Click "Next."
# Step 4: Read the terms outlined in the Spyware Doctor license agreement. If you agree to the terms, select "I accept the agreement" and click "Next" twice.
# Step 5: Confirm that the "Automatically Install Updates" check box is selected so that Spyware Doctor automatically downloads new spyware definitions when they become available. Click "Install." At this point, Spyware Doctor may download additional updates. When the process is complete, the program loads automatically.
# Step 6: Click "Finish" to return to your desktop. Once installation is complete, you may delete the file "sdsetup.exe" from the desktop.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
No matter what type of computer you use or what you use it for, proper spyware and virus protection is essential. Many websites contain malicious code that can infect your computer, log your keystrokes and steal your personal information. A good spyware sweeper program is a key component in protecting against malicious programs.
# Step 1: Check the computer for any spyware sweepers that are installed. Look for products by computer protection makers such as Norton, Symantec and Computer Associates. Open any programs that are found and inspect them for existing spyware protection. Keep in mind that it is possible, and even helpful, to have more than one spyware protection program installed on the same computer.
# Step 2: Log on to the Internet and search for "free anti-spyware packages." A number of free or low-cost programs are available. AdAware, Spybot Search & Destroy and AVG are among the best-known programs and most widely used. Check each program's details and select the one most appropriate for your computer usage.
# Step 3: Go to the downloads section of the manufacturer's website and download the appropriate installation program. Make sure to download the program designed for the computer's operating system.
# Step 4: Choose a location for the downloaded file. For many computers the default download path will be "My Documents" or "My Downloads." After the program finishes downloading, double-click on it to start the installation.
# Step 5: Confirm the installation path for the downloaded file. Most of the time you should choose the default directory. An exception would be if the computer has two hard drives and you prefer to keep programs on the "D" drive.
# Step 6: Enter registration information if requested. Some spyware sweeper programs require computer users to register the software, even if the software is free.
# Step 7: Wait for the installation to finish, then open the spyware sweeper program and look for the update option. Choose and click "Update" to have the program download and install any updates released since the installation package was produced.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If your computer is running more slowly than normal or you have pop-up ads appearing anytime you connect to the Internet, you may have malicious spyware programs that have been covertly installed on your computer without your knowledge. To get rid of unwanted spyware, you will need to install and run a program such as StopZilla, which can be easily
Step 1: Turn on your computer and open your web browser either by double-clicking on its desktop icon or by clicking on the web browser's name in the "Programs" section of your computer's "Start" menu.
Step 2: Navigate your web browser to the official StopZilla website (see Resources below). Click on the "Product" link at the top of the page and wait for a drop down menu to appear. Scroll down and click on the link that says "STOPZilla."
Step 3: Wait for the next page to load in your web browser and then click on the green button at the center of the screen that says "Click here to download STOPZilla now!"
Step 4: Click the "Save File" button when your web browser prompts you to decide if you want to download the program. Navigate to the folder on your hard drive where your downloaded files are saved. Double-click on the file named "STOPZilla_Setup." Click the "Continue" button if your operating system asks if you want to run the software.
Step 5: Click the "Next" button when the StopZilla installation screen appears. Read the terms of service. Click the radio button that says "I Agree to the Terms." Click "Next" again. Decide if you want to also install the StopZilla web browser toolbar. Click the check mark if you don't want the toolbar to be installed also. Click "Next" a final time to finish the installation.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Although not technically viruses, spybots behave in much the same manner. They infect your PC, slowing it down and inundating you with popups. They also have the potential to disseminate your private information across the web. You can easily and unknowingly acquire them by visiting unscrupulous websites and installing infected software. However, removing spyware is also easy, as long as you have an up-to-date antispyware program. Dozens of options are available, many of which perform their duty admirably. Installing them is also a straightforward process that rarely takes more than a few minutes.
# Step 1: Acquire antispyware software. Many high-quality programs can be freely downloaded from the internet, such as SUPERAntiSpyware, Windows Defender, and Ad-Aware Free.
# Step 2: Double-click the antispyware's installation package. This will be located where your system places downloads, such as "MyDownloads" or on your desktop.
# Step 3: Click "Next" and then agree to the license agreement.
# Step 4: Specify the installation folder. The default works well enough, but if you want to install the program on a different drive, you have the option to do so. Click "Browse" and then select the drive and folder to which you want to install.
# Step 5: Click "Next" again to confirm your installation settings. The program will now install automatically.
# Step 6: Click "Finish." Your antispyware program is now ready to use. If it prompts you to download new rules, click "Yes." This will ensure that it's able to detect and remove the latest spyware threats.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Antispyware, also known as PC Antispyware, is a rogue anti-spyware program created by WinTechProtection LTD. Once PC Antispyware installs itself on your computer, it launches pop-ups warning you that your computer is infected with spyware. These pop-ups include a link that you can click on to purchase software that PC Antispyware claims will remove the spyware. This is, however, merely an attempt to steal your money. Rather than purchasing a fake anti-spyware program, remove PC.
Click on the "Start" menu.
Type "tskmgr" into the Search Programs and Files box and press "Enter." The Windows Task Manager opens.
Click on the "Processes" tab.
End each of the following processes. To end a process, right click on the process and select "End Process."
Close the Windows Task Manager.
Delete DLL Files and Registry Entries and Directories
Click on the "Start" menu.
Type "cmd" into the Search Programs and Files box and press "Enter." The Windows Command Prompt opens.
Type each of the following commands into the Windows Command Prompt. Be sure to press "Enter" after each command. These commands will completely remove Antispyware DLL files, registry entries and directories.
"regsvr32 /u AVEngn.dll"
"regsvr32 /u htmlayout.dll"
"regsvr32 /u pthreadVC2.dll"
"regsvr32 /u msvcp80.dll"
"regsvr32 /u msvcr80.dll"
"regsvr32 /u msvcm80.dll"
"rmdir c:\Program Files\PC_Antispyware2010"
"rmdir c:\Program Files\PC_Antispyware2010\data"
"rmdir UserProfile\Start Menu\Programs\PC_Antispyware2010"
"rmdir UserProfile\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch"
"REG DEL HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\PC Antispyware 2010"
" REG DEL HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PC_Antispyware2010"
"REG DEL HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PC_Antispyware2010"
"REGE DEL HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load wscui.cpl"
"REG DEL HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load scui.cpl"
Close the Windows Command Prompt.
Click on the "Start" menu.
Click on the "Search Programs and Files" box.
Search for and delete the following files. To delete a file, right click on the file and select "Delete."
Friday, March 4, 2011
Spyware is software that is designed to gather information about the computer user. It can be entirely harmless, or it can collect private information, such as banking details, which can be used to steal your identity and your money. Fortunately, it's easy to protect yourself from spyware by using free anti-spyware software.
Step 1: Download free anti-spyware software. There are many to choose from. The most highly rated are avast!, Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy. Once you've downloaded the program, you will see an installer icon on your desktop or in your designated downloads folder.
Step 2: Double-click on the icon and confirm that you want to install the software.
Step 3: Follow the steps on the screen, confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions. The system will do the rest.
Step 4: Run the anti-spyware software once a week to keep your computer clean.