How to tell if your computer is infected with spyware?
If you’re not properly protected, your computer could be very easily infected with different
types of malware. Other then viruses, your computer can get clogged by spyware and
adware which could significantly slow down your internet connection and bandwidth.
Besides this, these types of malware could collect your personal information which
become very serious threat. Lucky, there are dozens of spyware and adware removal tools
available which could ease up the process of malware removal.
In this article we will give you some basic information on preparing your computer for
malware removal and proper configuration of your system for future protection. We’ll also
tell you more about symptoms of malware infection, which should help you if you’re not
sure what’s the reason for slow preference of your system.
Before trying to remove any malware, it’s recommended to disconnect the infected
machine from any of computer networks (this applies to internet connection and even local
area network). You should simply turn off your WiFi networks or unplug Ethernet and other
Todays’ spyware could get into registry of your operating system and even further then
that. This means that certain types of spyware could be activated during the start up
process, which makes them very hard to be detected and removed. If your think you could
be having this problem, you should search online for tools which are intended for spyware
removal in safe mode of Microsoft’s Windows or even on boot level.
You can always check if there are some unknown processes running by downloading
Process monitoring applications, or simply by using Windows Task manager. You should
also see the location of files which triggered these processes and safely remove them, or
scan those locations with your antivirus. Task Manager is a great application on which you
should always keep your eye on.
After this, use you antivirus to check your whole hard drive for viruses, which could be very
time-consuming task. Make sure your antivirus has the ability to check for different kinds of
malware such are viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and adware. You should also use
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is integrated into your Windows
operating system. Before scanning your computer with antivirus, your should run the
update of virus signatures, so you can be protected from newest threats.
After this, make sure you tidy up your system by running Clean Up tool and you should
also run full defragmentation of your hard drives. Install important Windows updates and
update all other applications installed on your system.
Many people simply can’t see that their computer are infected with malware. Some
symptoms include slow internet speeds (slower than usual). Besides this, if your computer
gets clogged up with malware the performance will dramatically decrease, as well as start
Another symptom of malware infection is sudden and unneeded modification of Internet
Explorer. Your homepage could be changed or automatically rerouted, new toolbars could
appear as well as new favorites.