Here is another program my husband uses, recommends and installs for clients. We have this on all our computers and I have seen it find stuff other programs missed. According to my husband, no one program will detect every threat, so he recommends people use a couple programs in order to combat that issue. Spybot – Search & Destroy is a super program (FREE) and, of course, offers an upgrade for a small charge. They also provide a link in case you would like to donate any amount of money to the company.
Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
Here is the link Spybot-Search & Destroy.
I have actually down this download myself, as well as run the program on my desk top and lap top. You can do this! If I can do it…anyone can do it!
As always… To keep my “agreement” with my husband…, I want to [his terms] let everyone reading this technical tips part of my blog to understand that anything I tell you about are things that he uses all the time in his business so I feel that they must really be good but you must use at your own discretion. Also, he wants everyone to know that this is not a cheap plug for Spybot – Search & Destroy, he has just found this to be an extremely effective program is VERY user friendly. Whatever you choose to use, remember to take the time to keep it current with the latest updates. Window users…make sure you do all the Windows updates!
Remember the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Man…I’m starting to turn into my husband…..