Detecting And Removing Spyware From Your System Malicious software is a very big issue for all internet users today. Millions of people have had to purchase a new computer thanks to a adware attack, with the damages from all these viruses estimated to be in the billions. Before you can prevent this from happening to your system, you must first have some understanding of how to detect and remove these viruses. The sole purpose of spyware is for collating confidential and private information from a computer, which can later be used or sold to others. If you have little understanding of how to remove them, then your computer is potentially at risk. Up to 70% of internet users today keep their entire private and confidential information on their system, so you can only imagine what would happen if computer hackers were to get a hold of it. There are six steps that you must take in order to suitably protect your system. 1. The first thing that you need is anti-spyware software, one that supports real time protection, and firewall software. Anti-spyware applications are designed to fight this specific threat, in addition to that, they're also capable of detecting malware, Trojans and key loggers. The software that I recommend you use would have to be AVG internet security, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Spybot Search and Destroy. For software that supports real time protection, you may want to consider Zonealarm Security Suite. For the firewall, I use Zonealarm, which is free and is currently rated amongst the best. 2. After you have downloaded all these applications to your computer, you will first have to update all of them. The reason why you have to do this is so the software can detect all of the latest threats. 3. After that, run all the software, one after the other, scanning your system for any infections. If you didn't have any protection software on your computer before, then it's likely you'll have tons of infections present on it. 4. After you have removed all the threats found on your system, you'll then have to initiate the firewall software, this way; hackers will no longer be able to gain access to your system. 5. After you've done that, go into safe mode and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware again. This will allow you to remove all the viruses that these applications were unable to detect and/or remove due to share file violation issues. 6. You may also want to install McAfee SiteAdvisor so that you can better avoid visiting phishing and malicious websites. This way you can ensure that your system is optimally secure.