How to effectively remove spyware from your Windows XP computer.
A. Right click on “My Computer” either from the desktop or from the start bar.
B. Go to the bottom of the menu and “click” on properties.
C. Go to the “System Restore” tab and check “turn off”.
D. “Click” on apply.
E. “System Restore” is now turned off so anything hiding in there does not reinstall.
F. Remember to turn on “System Restore” once the hard drive is clean.
A. Open “My Computer” to locate your main or “C” drive.
B. Double click on the drive to open it up.
C. In the “My Computer” window locate “Tools” on the top tool bar.
D. “Click” on “folder options” under “Tools”
E. “Click” on the “view” tab.
F. Under advanced settings in the section called “Hidden files and Folder” “click” on the “show hidden files” bubble.
G. There are also two boxes that need to be unchecked. These are “hide extensions” and “system files”. All hidden files should now be listed. “Click” “apply” then “cancel” to close the window.
H. Go to the “temp” directory in the “windows” directory and delete everything in that
folder. Do not delete the folder itself.
I. Next you will want to clear the “user temporary files”.
J. Find the directory called “Documents and Settings”.
K. Locate the folder for the current logged in user.
L. Now look under that User and find a folder called “Local Settings”.
M. Next open “Temporary Internet Folder” and delete everything in that folder.
N. Do this for each user that is listed and has folders.
A: Go to “well known” site that are safe.
B. Never ever install any programs that come from a popup.
C. Never allows any unapproved active-X or Java scripts from installing.
D. Periodically scan for spyware, the more time spent online, the more often it should be scanned.
E. Never open any email that you do not know who it is from. Just the act of opening an email can be enough to infect your system.
F. Keep your antivirus program up to date. You will be better off to spend a few dollars each year than to spend the time and possibly hundred’s of dollars cleaning the system.