How do you get rid of Adware/Spyware?

Question

I installed weatherbug on my computer. I did not know that it was a monster I uninstalled it but I have all kinds of hidden files and some can't be deleted. How can I get rid of the problem. My conputer keeps going to about blank and I cannot change my home page sometimes it just lockes up. Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on June 7, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Pop-ups that come on your screen advertising free software are examples of adware/spyware Once it's installed on your computer these programs do run as advertised but they also download more advertisements implicitly Then those pop-up onto your screen or change the homepage of your browser or add on search bars and so on To get rid of these files you need spyware/adware removal programs One free software download is Ad-Aware It checks the computer for any and all files having to do with adware and spyware and deletes them Go to this website to download the program www.ad-aware.com

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Posted by steve of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 7, 2004