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People often worry about getting viruses on their computers. Not as many people are aware that there is another category of harmful files called spyware that is just as easy to inadvertently download. There are many types of spyware, and these files can cause a long list of problems including increased popup ads, homepage changes, PC slowdown and much more. Follow these simple steps to remove spyware before it wreaks havoc on your system

The first thing you need to do is download Adaware, a free program that identifies and eliminates spyware. Save the installation file to your desktop and double click its icon once completed. Select the language you want Adaware’s text to display in and click “OK.” Click “Next” to progress through the installation screens and enter any required information.

Once the program finishes installing, it will automatically be launched. The first thing you should do is click the “Update” button in the “Definition Status” box. This will ensure that Adaware recognizes the latest spyware files. After you have done this, click “Scan” in the left-hand menu and select “Full Scan.” Next, click the “Scan” button in the bottom, right corner to start the process. The program will try to remove any spyware it comes across on your computer.

If, even after you run Adaware, you are still experiencing spyware related problems, run the scan again in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart your computer. Before the Windows splash screen display, start tapping “F8.” Using your spyware removal program in this mode will increase the likelihood that you will remove any malicious files for good