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Warning Spyware Detected On Your Computer! Legitimate or a Hoax?

Aug 7, 2008
If you've ever seen the "Warning Spyware Has Been Detected on Your Computer" popup show its ugly head on your computer, the very first thing you need to do is take your hands off the mouse because the absolute worst thing you can do is to follow the directions on the popup and click it, because it is a hoax.

The popup message is designed to get you to click on it so that it can further infect your computer with additional spyware by instructing you to click on it in order to install antivirus or antispyware software, or to scan your computer. The irony of this, however, is that if you do see this popup, then you absolutely do already have spyware on your computer.

So how did you get spyware on your computer in the first place?

Some of the most common places where you can get a spyware infection include:

- Peer to Peer file sharing software/websites like Kazaa and Limewire
- Pornography websites
- Gambling websites
- Freeware and shareware applications
- Email attachments from people you don't know

Even if you are using top notch antispyware software, and you should be, you should try to avoid all of the above as doing so will greatly reduce your chances of getting infected with spyware.

How do you get rid of the "Warning Spyware has Been Detected on Your Computer" popup?

While you will see various "fixes" and instructions on how to remove spyware by editing the registry or deleting certain files from your computer, I cannot stress enough that you don't take this course of action unless you are a professional computer technician because you could do irreversible damage and make your computer completely unusable.

I also would not recommend using any of the free spyware removers that are available such as Windows Defender or Search and Destroy because their method of spyware detection is not up to date and is not very effective against the ever changing world of spyware and adware software.

What I do recommend you do is to get proven and tested antispyware software. You should look for one that scans your computer against a known spyware database that is kept up to date by the company's programmers so that you are sure the software can detect and remove even the newest spyware that is out there.

So again, if you get the "Warning Spyware Has Been Detected on Your Computer", don't click on it and get yourself the best spyware remover available to scan and clean your computer.
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