How can I tell I have Spyware?

There are several indications that you might have malware, spyware, or adware-”ad-delivery software” – which, for these purposes, they can be considered one in the same.

Here are some examples of what might happen…

  • Your browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, Opera, what have you) is running much slower than user. Whether it be while starting up, loading pages, closing, your browser´s response time is a strong indicator of PC health.
  • Mysterious desktop icons like “Play Online Casino” or “Shop Now” might be traces of spyware. If there is an icon on your desktop that you do not recognize, you might want to open you Add or Remove Programs function and uninstall anything you do not recognize.
  • Excess pop-ups (especially on pages that do not normally have pop-ups such as yahoo.com or msn.com) are usually spyware residue.
  • Extra buttons or toolbars in your browser, especially extra search bars.
  • A new homepage popping up when you start your browser (one that was not previously there).

Finally, the last method to check if you have spyware is so easy and 100% free;  You simply download the “free-to-try”  Spyware Doctor and do a full scan.   The software will tell you if any malware is present on the computer.

Spyware Doctor with anti-virus is the #1 most highly rated and downloaded anti-spyware software on CNet.com, and it does not cost 1 cent to download and check the computer for a computer infection – and no registration is required.

-Nils Rognerud

Software Developer
San Francisco, CA, USA

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