Spyware Scanner - Find the Spies
Where are the
spyware lurking on your Computer?
Spyware is one of the most dangerous computer threats there
is today. There was a time when it was just a Microsoft problem. Today there is an increased
number of Adware and Malware that infects other operating systems such as Apple
considered very dangerous because it allows hackers and other unauthorized persons to have
full access to your computer. Personal information that you have stored in your computer such
as bank account numbers, bank statements, pay slips and various pin numbers, are therefore
If you use the Internet and have not yet installed a spyware scanner then you
are in grave danger of being exposed. Spyware
attacks are very subtle. You will not notice that you have spyware until
their malicious actions are made apparent.
If you have ever used any of the popular share programs that are downloaded
from the Internet, downloaded attachments from your email or accessed any other free software, you should
search for a spyware scanner as soon as possible and
have your computer checked for spyware. Most spyware is attached to these documents and software and is
installed in your machine as you install your new applications.
Once a spyware program has acquired access to your computer disguised as an
innocent looking desirable application, it installs itself simultaneously with the program it was attached to
and is stored on your hard disk. Every time you boot your computer, the spyware also starts
Once installed in your hard disk, the spyware uses your internet browser to transmit information it has gathered
without your knowledge. Private information such as your URL, IP address and other system information are
transmitted to spies in a remote location.
There are some antivirus software programs that can detect spyware. There are
some spyware programs however, that are so covert that they
are undetectable by these programs. Online spyware
scanners are highly efficient in this regard. You can access free online spyware scanners if you suspect you may be experiencing a spyware
There are several downloadable spyware scanners that are available for free. Those spyware scanner programs that are not for free in most cases will
offer you a free trial period. These spyware
scanner programs will find the spyware that is lurking in your computer no matter where it hides
If you prefer to find the spyware yourself instead of using a spyware scanner you can seek and delete them manually from your
system. You can locate spyware by going to the start menu and clicking on Control Panel. Use the Add/Remove
section to look for any suspicious looking applications and delete them from your system.
You can also locate spyware from the Windows Start Up folder i.e.
C:\documents and settings\all users\start menu. Here you will be able to see if any programs have been added.
Programs that seem suspect can be removed from the registry. Removal of programs from this registry should be
done only by someone with in-depth knowledge of computer operating systems.