Increasingly, when I am answering customer calls about why they can’t surf the Internet as they could before or why their computer is running so slowly, I end up trying to educate them about Spyware. This morning I found a worthwhile site, called “The Spyware Warrior Guide to Anti-Spyware Programs: Feature Comparison,” that should prove useful to anyone beset by these problems. There are links at that site to the two major Spyware removal programs that we recommend at work, Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy. In combination, these two programs do an excellent job of identifying, removing, and, in the case of Spybot S&D, immunizing your computer from becoming infected again by the nuisances.
Microsoft also has an excellent series of articles about Spyware and their suggestions for dealing with it. You would do well to visit this site and read the various links found there. Most people find out about Spyware once they are infested with it, and as is true with most things, it is wise to be informed about such things beforehand rather than after the fact. It is easier and less time-consuming to prevent the problem than it is to cure it.