Tips to Remove Spyware and Repair Computer Errors
Do you know that Windows XP was the most popular platform attacked by Hackers? The reason why that is, is the fact that Internet Explorer is deeply tied to Windows XP. Internet Explorer 6 is an ancient web browser based on mosaic technology back in the AOL days. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 6 is the vector for which spyware gets into your Windows XP system. This, of course, causes a lot of computer errors since spyware integrates into the system in the screwiest way possible.
If you want to fix computer errors you need some serious spyware removal for Windows XP. During the olden days of DOS, the only way to fix computer errors was to reboot. And rebooting your PC then takes no time at all. Removing spyware in Windows XP can be such a pain because you don’t know the real cause of the errors. You can’t fix computer errors just by rebooting. Not now and not ever again unfortunately.
What is spyware? Spyware is a malicious program that collects data and information from your system. Some spyware acts like a real program that you install, and this is very unfortunate because spyware authors are becoming very sophisticated in their gimmickry and attacks. A lot of spyware can be so difficult to remove that expert Windows users would rather reformat their system.?
If you don’t mind wasting time then you can reformat all you want.
Remember, once your system is compromised by spyware, you can never know if you are really spyware free for the remainder of your Windows install.
To fix computer errors, pull up your sleeves and get serious about spyware removal for Windows XP. You can do this even if you are a newbie to Windows computers. You just need a little help from someone like me who has a bit of an experience than you.?So here goes – this is my fool proof spyware removal tip.
1. Run a full scan with your antivirus during safe mode.
2. Still in safe mode, run a full scan of your anti-spyware, anti-adware scanners. It is best to use a lot of scanners in order to really clean your system.
3. The features you need to look at when choosing an antivirus and anti-spyware scanner is the ability to scan for rootkits. Rootkits are like spyware but it is even more sinister. It installs itself deep within your Windows XP install and it can even prevent hardware functionality. For example, some rootkits can disable your ability to install antivirus software in your PC. This one is nasty and should be a point of concern. So choose an anti-spyware tool that can detect and remove this malware.
4. Don’t forget to back up your data before you do anything on your PC. I suggest that you do an online back up, like a Carbonite back up, and then a hard drive back up, then make a third off site back up. After your backup, save a restore point in your Windows XP just in case.
Learn the basics of security by practicing safe surfing . I suggest that you avoid using an outdated browser like Internet Explorer 6. Upgrade your browser to the latest version and make sure that you install the latest security updates for your Windows XP.
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