Okay, so you’ve purchased and installed the latest Avira antivirus software on your computer and you’ve run your first scan. The results show that spyware has been detected on your computer. Now what do you do?
First of all, remain calm. It’s estimated that a whopping 80-90% of computers have some form of spyware on them, so chances are your problem is something the top antivirus programs already know about. That means the issue can usually be resolved by taking one or more of the following actions.
- Try uninstalling the suspicious program through your Control Panel. This works more often than you might expect.
- Let your Avira antivirus software dispose of the problem by quarantining or deleting the offending file.
- Use a dedicated spyware removal tool, such as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, to eradicate the problem.
- If nothing else works, access your drive via a BartPe Bootable CD so you can manually delete the spyware.
Once your computer is clean, you can then focus on how to prevent future infections. The best way is to exercise caution when downloading and installing “free” programs from the Internet and to avoid opening email attachments from unknown senders. And of course using a good firewall and antivirus program from Software Security Solutions will provide you with several layers of protection against spyware and other common nuisances.
Getting a “spyware detected” message from your computer is never a pleasant experience. But fortunately, ridding your machine of the troublesome files is a relatively straightforward process that you can handle on your own with the right removal tools.