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How to Remove Windows.Spy from Your Computer
You can effectively remove Windows.Spy from your computer with Exterminate It!.
After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Windows.Spy in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.
Windows.Spy Categorized as:
Spyware is designed to gather data from a computer and transfer it to a third party without the consent or knowledge of the computer’s owner. This includes collecting confidential information (passwords, credit card numbers, PIN numbers, etc.), monitoring key strokes, gathering e-mail addresses, or tracking surfing habits. Such resource-consuming activities slow down the system and generally impact the computer’s performance.
“Spyware” is an umbrella term for a diverse group of malware-related programs, rather than a clear-cut category. Most spyware definitions apply not only to adware, pornware and ‘riskware’ programs, but to many trojans as well.
How Did My PC Get Infected with Windows.Spy?
The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Windows.Spy:
- Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
- You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.
Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware
Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Windows.Spy. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.
Using Peer-to-Peer Software
The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Windows.Spy.
Visiting Questionable Web Sites
When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Windows.Spy-, spyware, and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.
The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Windows.Spy.
PC is working very slowly
Windows.Spy can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Windows.Spy.
New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed
Windows.Spy can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Windows.Spy may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.
Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC
Windows.Spy may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.
E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox
Windows.Spy may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam, and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.
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