January 24, 2006
There are actually quite a few names for the things that can infest your computer and render it inoperable, but we just like to call it all “spyware” and get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Since there are so many different types of malicious software, naturally there are many different tools for removing them. We like to start with what costs the least, and for home users we mean $0.00!
Your best chance for survival is to start with Windows XP SP2. From there, the items below (when used together) help to protect your machine. Many websites and downloads transfer harmful things to your computer, and even with the best tools you can still do a lot of damage by visiting questionable sites and running downloaded programs of unknown origin.
Here’s our hotlist of helpful tools:
We’ve noted that older versions of Windows are particularly vulnerable and, if you can, an upgrade to XP is the best way to start fresh with the best chance for survival.