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How To Remove Spyware From Your PC

One of the most common mistakes people can make is to use their antivirus product to try and remove spyware and Adware.

It simply won't work.

The AntiVirus products are designed to only detect and remove viruses, and not spyware. Go to symptoms if you are unsure of the difference between viruses and spyware.

What You Must Not Do:

Do not try and remove Spyware and Adware yourself because:

a) You will never find them all
b) It would be impossible to search your entire PC
c) You will probably end up deleting vital files!

What You Must Do:

In order to remove spyware from your computer, you need to use an antispyware product to do the job automatically for you.

These products work in exactly the same way as an antivirus product would in the sense that it scans your entire hard drive for spyware threats.

Once found, they can either be quarantined or directly removed. (Sometimes they are quarantined just in case the file is actually required - it is possible that the products can make mistakes, but it has never happened to me).

Problems With AntiSpyware Products:

Ok, so now you know that you need to use an antispyware product, but unfortunately it is not quite as simple as that.

There are many products on the market which simply do not deliver what they promise. Many only detect and remove 50% of spyware/adware threats on your PC, leaving you with an unfinished job and a half-cured PC!

Here are a few pointers to look out for when choosing an antispyware product:

  1. Make sure that the antispyware product has a large database of spyware & adware threats - the more threats, the more they can detect and remove!

  2. Make sure that it can scan on its own accord without you having to instigate it to do so. This is called realtime scanning. It basically means that the software can detect new spyware without you having to manually scan your hard drive - it's automated

  3. Make sure the product has log analysis - this means that if you, as a user, are wary that you have spyware on your PC but the software has not detected it, you can email the details to the merchant and they will find a solution for you - which is sent in the next update.

This is very important because not all antispyware products can find every single infection, and therefore log analysis offers a solution to this problem. Not many programs offer this.

Refer to my software comparison page for a product that can match these requirements.

Currently Paretogolic's XoftSpySEproduct is capable of all of these features.

Check it out here: XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware