If you know how to remove spyware manually, you can get rid of spyware that even anti-spyware programs can't detect. Follow these easy steps to remove spyware manually and keep your computer running smoothly for years to come.
Boot your computer into Safe Mode to prevent spyware from running.
Some spyware is smart. It won't let you delete it if it knows you're coming after it. When you boot your computer into Safe Mode, Windows only runs the essential programs for system operation, and spyware can't boot up with your computer. This prevents it from running and barring you from deleting it, thus giving you a window in which you can do exactly that. Restart your computer, and press the F8 button during startup to boot into Safe Mode. Once you're in Safe Mode, use the Add/Remove Programs menu to delete spyware programs.
Use Add/Remove Programs to remove spyware manually.
One of the easiest ways to manually remove spyware is through the Add/Remove Programs tool packaged with Windows. You can find this tool in your Start menu, under the Control Panel. When you start Add/Remove Programs, it generates a list of the programs currently installed on your computer. If you see something with a name that's obviously associated with advertising or spyware, simply click on it and select Remove. However, be careful to remove only spyware programs; if you're not careful, you could remove program files that you need and use every day.
You can manually delete files from your hard drive, but you may experience issues.
If a spyware removal program can't spot your problems, you can always manually delete files from your hard drive. To find the program files associated with your spyware, simply do a Web search for the spyware program with which you're having trouble. Many Web sites are devoted to listing spyware programs and their associated files, so you should have no trouble coming up with a list of files that your spyware needs to function.
From there, simply go to your Start menu and Search your computer for the files associated with spyware. Once you find them, delete them. However, keep in mind that if you delete necessary Windows files, you'll get Windows error messages because programs are unable to run. Deleting the files without deleting the registry entries can cause error messages.
Clean up your registry to remove spyware completely.
Even if you delete the spyware files, they won't be truly gone until you delete the references from your registry. Until you do that, you'll get error messages prompting you that the computer is having issues finding various files. Again, a Web search for your particular brand of spyware can unveil the corresponding registry entries you need to remove in order to uninstall the spyware.
Once you know what you need to find, go to the Start menu, and then the Windows Run box. Type regedit.exe in the Run box, and enter the Windows Registry Editor. Keep in mind that the Windows registry is critical to your computer. If you delete the wrong registry reference, you could corrupt your registry, and you may be forced to wipe your hard drive and reinstall Windows. Back up the registry before you do any editing, and edit at your own risk.
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