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Removing Adware and Spyware

Question: How can I get rid of the extra search bar that now appears in every Internet Explorer window? My computer seems to be running slower since that extra search bar appeared. The IT Guy says: It sounds like you have some type of adware or spyware installed on your computer. This is an increasingly common
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Question: How can I get rid of the extra search bar that now appears in every Internet Explorer window? My computer seems to be running slower since that extra search bar appeared.

The IT Guy says:
It sounds like you have some type of adware or spyware installed on your computer. This is an increasingly common problem for Windows-based computers. By keeping your antivirus program definitions up to date and running regular virus scans, you can remove some types of the adware and spyware that can slow down your computer. Not all of these insidious programs can be removed with antivirus programs, however.

It is always good to check with your own district IT department before downloading and installing new software on your classroom computer. Spyware and adware removal utilities abound on the Internet, including some good, free software options. One way to find the most popular free tools is to visit CNet and click “downloads,†then search for “spyware†and click the “total†link under the “downloads†column. This will sort the list by the total number of downloads for found software programs.

In mid-2004, “Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition†was still one of the most popular and free spyware-removal tools for Windows-based computers. You can learn more at Ad-Aware. Download, install, update and run this software to locate and remove many different types of spyware and adware on your own personal computer.

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