Your Questions About Anti Spyware Software For Windows 7

Posted by softwareguru on August 14, 2014

Lizzie asks…

How do I get rid of pron pop ups on my computer?

Porn pop ups occur even when we are not on line. We are inundated with this as well as adverstisements for spyware and other software to delete or prevent pop ups. I suspect that our computer has suffered a virus attack. Other than buying software, is there any way to get rid of this onslaught of filth?

softwareguru answers:

BIG problem, and a bigger problem is that they multiply VERY quickly. I’m going to suggest 3 free anti-spy, ad, and virus software. I use them all consistently, and know them well. I also use all three here at my job (elementary school tech instructor) and trust them. I’ve noticed that using more than one may be necessary. You’ll get other suggestions as well…

Once they get in, they’re like roaches. Here are some proven killers.

Virus: AVG Free Edtion 7.5 at http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/ and select “download free version”. It’s easy to use, and updates and scans daily. It includes e-mail protection as well as constant “monitoring”. As it finds viruses, you can delete them (sometimes you can’t) or lock them in a vault. My school district uses AVG on every computer (3,000+) and we’re very happy with it. I even installed on my mom’s computer!

Adware are a prime source of the pop-ups you describe. At http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad-aware_se_personal.php is a highly-rated and award winning program. Again, it’s free. Read the description, and if you want it, just click Download. Before you run a scan, make sure to run the update first. It will start daily like AVG, but you should do it everyday for about a week, then after it looks like it has everything under control, run it once a week.

Finally, another highly-rated detection tool is SpyBot Search & Destroy at http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Also free and very good, it’s really good at finding anything AdAware misses. Go through the Help section first because it can seem complicated, and will require an update by you before a scan. It comes with an immunization feature that keeps things out VERY well.

And last, click Tools on your browser menu bar, and select Internet Options. Click the tab for Content. Click Enable for ratings that Control Internet Content… It’s self-explanatory from there. It won’t stop everything, but it works almost TOO well sometimes (always click Apply when done!). Also, if there’s one site that always somehow to get through (there always seems to be one) on the same ratings page, you can go to Approved Sites and enter the site there, and select NEVER.

By using these tips, you should see a vast improvement. But remember, these guys are tenacious.

Other suggestions may be for Norton, but I’ve had and heard more problems than positives about it. And formatting our hard drive is an absolute last resort, and there are 100+ more things I’d try before that. I don’t give up that easily.

(One last thing, my Google Toolbar is absolutely BRUTAL at blocking pop-ups, plus the search window is very handy. It even blocks the pop-ups that you want. Click the pop-up symbol and you get the ones you want, while killing the ones you don’t. I think Yahoo has one too, but Google’s with all of it’s fun features, in my humble opinion, is better. Get it at http://toolbar.google.com/T4/index_xp.html )

Sorry for the extended answer, but it’s a VERY important question. If you have any problems running any of the programs I mentioned, contact me off of my profile. Good luck!!

Maria asks…

How do you get Spyware viruses on your computer?

In my last PC, I got a Spyware virus. It gave me alot of pop-ups and put alot of unknown files on my wallpaper page. How did I get it? I didn’t download anything or start any chat-rooms.

softwareguru answers:

The quick answer is that you put them there. Here’s how to stop doing it:

1. Use a firewall. If your anti-virus program has one, use it. If not, use the one that come with Windows. Not great, but better than nothing.
2. Use a blocker program. There are several free ones including SpyBot Search and Destroy and Threatfire. Both have won awards for doing a good job.
3. Stay away from porno, gambling, gaming, easter egg, and wrestling sites. All of these are known for putting things on your computer when you visit.
4. Don’t use file sharing programs like Limewire or Kazaa.
5. Don’t download every ‘free’ program you find. If there is a program that will, for example, keep your computer clock set to the exact time, think of how they get the money to pay their employees. There’s no profit in helping you with your computer time; these programs (time synch, weather, download assistants, etc.) carry a spyware load with them. When you install the program and click “I Agree” to the legal stuff, you just agreed to let them put junk on your computer and spy on you.
6. Install and update an anti-virus program.
7. Only install legit programs and games you buy, not the ones you get from your friends. Purchased software is free of garbage. Who knows what your friend has on his/her computer that will then infect you?
8. Scan your computer on a regular basis (weekly). A good scan program is Ad Aware 2007 (NOT Adware!). This again is free. If Ad Aware only shows that you have a few spy cookies every few weeks, then you’re doing OK. If you have dozens of cookies or the other worse types files on your system, then you know your protection efforts are not good enough.

I hope all of this helps. Good Luck.

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