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It cannot be stressed enough, how important it is to keep spyware out of your system

You can prevent many problems from ever happening in the first place if you keep your system spyware free. It is very easy to do and it will also not cost you anything. There is a site that offers free online scans for your computer. Trend Micro Anti-Spyware for the Web is a page you can go to and have a free system scan performed.

You can use their online scan to check your system for spyware and it will assist you in removing any infections found. After you have run the system scan you will see a report listing the results of the scan, including any spyware that was found and you will be given options that you have to approve before it is removed.

Signs of a Spyware Infection

• Slow computer performance.
• Pop-up windows.
• Browser homepage changed, but not by you.
• Error messages.
• New and unwanted toolbars showing up in your browser.

If you have any of these symptoms you should immediately have your system scanned for spyware. Most people get spyware on their computers without ever knowing it is happening to them. It comes from all kinds of places you visit everyday on the Internet and through emails. This is battle you must keep fighting to prevent your system from being taken over by it.

NOTE: You must have Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system on your computer. You must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher as a browser on your system.

How To Scan Your System

Go to the website located here: http://www.trendmicro.com/spyware-scan/ 
This will take you to Trend Micros online free scan. You will see a yellow button “Scan & Clean your PC” – click on this button.

It will take you a page showing the requirements (listed in the “Note” above) and it will load Trend Micro Anti-Spyware to the Web. It depends on your connection speed as to how long this will take.

If you have a pop-up blocker on your system you will have to “allow” this site to install the add-on (ActiveX Control titled “as4web.cab”).

You will see a pop-up Security Warning window asking you if you want to install this software. Click on the “Install” button.

You will then see the “license agreement” from Trend Micro that you have to accept to be able to scan. Read the agreement and then click on “I Accept”.

You will see a window of the Trend Micro Anti-Spyware to the Web application come up explaining all of the different types of threats that are detected by their scan.

Potential Threats Detected

• Trackware – that tracks your web browsing.
• Adware - that shows advertising on your system.
• Trojans - applications that can permit people to control your system.
• Parasites - that perform unwanted actions on your computer.
• Browser - Hijackers - that make changes your home or search pages.
• Dialers - that initiate communication with other unwanted computers
• Keyloggers - that record everything you type, including personal information and passwords.

Click on “Start Scan” to begin the scan on your system.

NOTE: After the first visit to their site it is possible that you will not have to go through all of the above steps. Once you have agreed and installed their ActiveX Control on your system, it will automatically load the scanner when you get to this page.

You will see the items as they are being scanned listed. There will be a blue bar going across the window showing how far along you are in the various sections. The whole procedure will take several minutes.

You will see a summary of all of the threats found on your system. Click on the “Scan Results” button.

You will see more information for every threat found. You can view more details about each one and unselect any. When you are finished, click on the “Clean Threats Now” button to remove all of them from your system. Your system is now free of unwanted threats.

 
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