Do you get numerous pop-ups every time you open a web browser? Did your Internet browser homepage change on its own? Is your computer system just plain acting weird whenever you surf the Internet? Your system may have been infected with one or more software programs known as spyware. It may also be possible your systems has been infected with one of the millions of viruses floating around.
The university recommends two spyware removal tools, which can be downloaded for free. The free tools are Ad-Aware and Spybot: Search and Destroy. These programs search your hard drive to find any instance of known spyware activity and also have the capability to remove these instances. Often one program will find instances of spyware that the other may miss so it is recommended that both programs be run in conjunction to eliminate as much spyware from your system as possible.
The university recommends AVG Anti-Virus, which can be downloaded for free. There are several anti-virus programs available on the Internet or in your favorite department store. These programs search your hard drive for any virus activity (or residue) and then gives you the opportunity to remove all occurrences of the virus. AVG performs a detailed scan on your system but some viruses may not be detected. It's always wise to run multiple scans with different software packages in order to find all virus activity on your system.