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Wilfrid Laurier University Information Technology Services
April 16, 2014
 
 
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Secure Your Computer


Adware / Malware /Spyware

Adware/Malware/Spyware, is software that you may be unwitting running on your computer that can gather personal information (i.e. credit card details), hardware and software specifications, even your web surfing habits. It can even break your connection so that you have to have the software on your computer completely reloaded.

Adware/malware/spyware is often installed silently and without your expressed permission when installing other software (often P2P programs), or visiting some websites.

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It is highly recommended to download a free removal tool from Lavasoft called Ad-aware. The full version is available for purchase from the Lavasoft website that offers a number of added features.

It is also highly recommended that you download an install SpywareBlaster from Javacool Software that will help prevent future installations of spyware and adware.


Download & Installation Instructions (Ad-Aware):

  1. Download Ad-aware (click here) and click on Download.com icon and then Download Now
  2. Click Save and then choose a location to save file to (eg Desktop)
  3. Once downloaded double click file to begin installation
  4. Click Next button continually until install begins

How do I run Ad-Aware ?

  1. Double click Ad-aware icon on desktop or start it from the Program menu
  2. Click Check for updates now located just above Start button at bottom of Ad-aware page
  3. Click Connect button to check for updates
  4. When Ad-aware has been updated click the Finish button
  5. Click Ad-aware Start button and then Next to perform Ad-aware scan
  6. Ad-aware will tell you if it has found anything. Click Finish to complete scan


Note: Some applications that secretly install adware/malware/spyware upon installation may not operate once the adware/malware/spyware is removed. An example is Kazaa that will not operate once the adware is removed. If you want to use this program consider using Kazaa Lite as it does not appear to contain the adware.

Download & Installation Instructions (SpywareBlaster):

  1. Download SpywareBlaster (click here) and choose location to download from
  2. Click Save and then choose a location to save file to (eg Desktop)
  3. Once downloaded double click file to begin installation
  4. Click Next button continually and follow any on-screen instructions until install begins


How do I run SpywareBlaster ?

  1. Double click SpywareBlaster icon on desktop or start it from the Program menu
  2. Click Enable All Protection to turn on SpywareBlaster
  3. Click Download Latest Protection Updates and then Click Check for Updates
  4. If there are any new updates enable them

You will need to run the update procedure periodically to keep your computer safe from spyware.

Computer Secure?


Now that your computer is secure you need now only Protect it from ever increasing virus and worm attacks.