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Before you spend any of your hard earned money for a commercial spyware/trojan removal program, check to make sure it will perform as promised. Unfortunately there are a loft of bogus programs claiming to remove spyware from your computer, but are actually adding their own spyware or trojan.  Some programs are merely rip-offs of other legitimate programs. Here is a site that has a wealth of information about these bad or suspect products, Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites.

Due to a major music vendor installing rootkits on computers without the user's knowledge, it now becomes necessary to check for rootkits on our computers. You can get a program from Sysinternals called Rootkit Revealer. It won't remove the rootkit, but will show you the files. If you are using Windows 2000 or any version of Windows XP,  Microsoft's AntiSpyware will remove the rootkit. There are many malware writers now installing rootkits on computers without the owner's permission.

Some helpful sites

Adware, Spyware and other unwanted "malware" - and how to remove them

The Parasite Fight  Finding, Removing & Protecting Yourself From Scumware

Spyware and Hijackers removal tools and information

Virus and removal tools

Trojans and scanners, removal tools

Spyware and Hijackers removal tools for download

Spyware Removal Help

Mikes' ABC Security Articles  Mike has written a lot of security related articles for Linda Johnson's ABC newsletter.  These articles give an in-depth description of the various security issues.