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Spyware Detection and Removal

The FunWebProducts is one of the most popular in my tips secton, so I've decided to expand the section.

Spyware impairs users control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information.

Prevention is better that Cure

I've found that my Anti Virus software AVG Anti-Virus blocks it, and I use Firefox as my default browser which doesn't suffer quite as badly as Internet Explorer from spyware problems.

Removal & Prevention Tools

  1. hijack this
    Analyses a log and advises on what to remove - this is a very conservative log so please take advice before removing the items it flags.
  2. Ad-aware - Software - Lavasoft
  3. PestScan . free online spyware scanner from PestPatrol
  4. Spy Sweeper - Spyware Removal Software and Spyware Protection by Webroot Software
  5. Spychecker - download spyware removal and Internet privacy tools
  6. Spybot - Search & Destroy!

Further Reading

  1. Wired News: Giving New Meaning to 'Spyware'
  2. Anti-Spyware Coalition
  3. SWI Forums - Eradicating coolwebsearch since 2003
  4. No fun wth FunWebProducts
  5. Lifehacker - Spy Sweeper and Other Spyware cleaners Stories

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