Your Questions About Spyware Removal Freeware

Posted by softwareguru on September 8, 2014

John asks…

what exactly is SPYWARE??

I scan for spyware and a couple of things pop out, can i get viruses from spyware?? Could this effect my computer in anyway?? and could myspace have spyware??

softwareguru answers:

Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. Usually “spyaware” is software that installs on your computer without your knowledge or consent.

Brief history of spyware

The word “spyware” was founded in October 1995. It was used on Usenet in an article aimed Microsoft corporation.In the years that followed though, spyware often referred to “snoop equipment” such as tiny, hidden cameras.It re-appeared in a news release for a personal firewall product in early 2000, marking the beginning of the modern usage of
the word. Many Internet users were introduced to spyware in 1999, when a popular freeware game called “Elf Bowling” came bundled with tracking software.

Ways of infection

Spyware can be installed on computers in many different ways, including Trojan which install them without the users permission; when visiting web pages with certain ActiveX controls or code that exploits certain vulnerabilities; shareware or freeware applications downloaded from the Internet, etc.

Legally speaking, spyware cannot be entitled as a virus as it never replicates itself. As a result it remains undetected when anti-virus application is used. What’s more, you actually agree to be spied upon while you click the ‘I agree’ button on the screen while you intend to install spyware software. It is very practical to state that people rarely reads the agreement while downloading. People never carry a lawyer while doing such things as downloading or installing.

here are manual removal instructions:

Carol asks…

I have some major adware/spyware plus a trojan on my computer. Please help!?

I don’t know how it got there as I have McAfee virus stuff….put I really need the name/registration for an excellent removal program. I have tried all of the top name free softwares online and so far nothing is really nipping it ALL in the bud. Can anyone help me out?
I apologize for the typo – meant to say “but I need the name/registration”

softwareguru answers:

PCTools products do get good reviews. The good thing is they have free versions of their products. They work great. Spyware Doctor from the Google pack is a must. I highly recommend it. I bought Webroots Spysweeper and spyware doctor finds stuff spysweeper does not. Having both is a perfect combo and I recommend running two anti-spyware products.

PCTools Anti-Virus

PCTools Threatfire – Malware Protection
This free tool makes your current anti-virus better. Definite Download

PCTools Firewall Plus

The Google Pack includes a free starter edition of Spyware Doctor.


You can do an online scan for viruses and spyware for free from the major vendors. Some of these require Internet Explorer to run because of Active-X

Computer Associates
Panda Software
Symantec Security Check
Mcafee Free Scan
Kaspersky Scanner
Microsoft Protection Scanner


Its good to run two anti-spywares even if some extra resources are taken.

SuperAntiSpyware does an excellent job. AVG’s full version gets great reviews.


Microsoft Defender


Spyware Terminator 2

Spybot Search and Destroy



Anti-Spyware for a cost.
Personally I bought Webroot’s Spysweeper, their product is great and well worth the money. Watch Best Buy ads because sometimes it goes on sale for $10 to $15.

Webroot Spysweeper
PCTools Spyware Doctor


There are free anti-virus scanners availble. They work well. I like AVG and PCTools anti-viruses the best of the free anti-virus programs.

If you are not willing to spend money it is good to have some kind of anti-virus software



Avira AntiVir


For a Cost
This is my recommendation for anti-virus. Free are good, but they are not as accurate as the top paid anti-virus software



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