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How to protect against spyware.

Spyware, malware and viruses are common problems among computer owners, especially Internet users, but preventing malicious attacks doesn't have to be a headache. Here are some simple tips to help you keep your computer secure.

Spyware and malware symptoms.

Your computer may be infected if it's experiencing any of the symptoms below:

  • Internet slowdown
  • Excessive pop-up windows
  • New programs on your computer that you don't recognize
  • Automatic, unfamiliar changes to your Web browser's home page
  • New tools or bars in your Web browser that you don't remember installing

What can you do about spyware?

Don't panic. There are several things you can do to protect your computer and resolve spyware/malware issues.

Preventative care.

Programs such as Webroot Spy Sweeper and eTrust Pest Patrol are offered for a small yearly subscription fee. These programs can help you prevent future attacks, scan for suspicious programs, and remove spyware and malware from your computer.

Shop for antivirus and security software ›

Besides antivirus software, there are a few things you should be aware of:

  • Suspicious e-mails from unknown sources could potentially infect your computer with spyware
  • Websites of ill repute are a haven for malicious intruders
  • Letting unfamiliar software install itself on your computer can be a potential risk


Firewalls are designed to block certain types of data from getting to your computer from the Internet. Many routers have firewall protection built in, and there are several firewall programs you can install as well.

Free spyware scan.

If you think you might have spyware on your computer, you can use the free online Spyware Scan software to check.

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Geek Squad can help.

If your computer is infected, our Geek Squad Agents have the tools and expertise to get things running clean again. We can help you online 24/7, in your home, or at a Best Buy store.

Learn about our Virus and Spyware Removal service ›

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