Tips for removing spyware from your PC

Wednesday, 23 June 2004, 10:55 AM EST

If you've ever wondered how software got on your computer, and spent even more time wondering how to get it off, chances are you've encountered spyware. Below are a few simple steps to remove spyware from your PC.

Q. My computer's been sluggish lately, and I seem to get a lot more pop-up ads. What's going on?

A. You likely have what's commonly known as spyware, though its makers prefer the term "adware." These are programs installed on computers, often without their owners' full knowledge, to monitor Web surfing activity and serve relevant ads.

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