Slow computer, Spyware problems

Question: My home computer that I use frequently for school-related work has been running progressively slower, and I think someone may be trying to get information off the computer because there are things showing up that I have not installed and I don’t think anyone else in our family has installed. What should I do?

The IT Guy says:
Sounds like you have spyware on your computer as well as some viruses. You need to immediagely download and run freely available spyware removal software as well as updated antivirus software to clear these programs off of your computer. Once your machine is clear, you might consider also buying and installing a good firewall program in addition to the one that comes with your operating system (like Windows XP Service Pack 2). More suggestions for getting rid of spyware are available on: http://www.wesleyfryer.com/firstaid/

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