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Detect spyware or malware on your computer
Below video explains how you can use the netstat dos-command to figure out which programs on your computer are running and connecting the internet. This way you can see if there are any programs running that you don't trust.
Other free tools I use frequently to scan my computer are TDSSKiller, Hitman Pro, CC Cleaner, Spybot Search and Destroy and HiJackThis. I've installed HitmanPro.Alert. HitmanPro.Alert is a free security package which is specifically developed to provide protection to internet banking and online shopping. HitmanPro.Alert monitors real-time integrity of your browser while surfing the internet. The program is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and the derived browsers.
On my computer I also have a program installed called ZoneAlarm, which is a free firewall. It runs in the background (visible in the tray on your statusbar) and launches automatically when your computer starts. This program always notifies me when a new program wants to access the internet. This is very useful, because then you're warned when an unknown program wants to connect to the internet. Thanks to this great firewall I was able to detect spyware or malware on my computer and I was able to quickly get rid of it.
What is a Spyware Detector?
Sysinternal suite of tools
Mark Russinovich is someone who made some great and free tools for - among others -finding out whether your computer is infected by spyware or malware. His tools are available on Microsoft's Sysinternals pages. Highly recommended, I often make use of them. Especially Process Explorer, Process Monitor and Autoruns are very valuable for finding infections on your computer. With these tools you can analyse which processes are running on your computer in detail and which programs are launched when your computer starts.
Process Explorer is like your standard Windows Task Manager (press: Ctrl Shift Esc simultaneously or right click on the taskbar on the bottom of your screen and choose 'Task Manager'), but contains much more detail about each process thats running on your computer.
One of his other tools I like is ZoomIt. It allows to easily zoom in on a certain part of your screen. This is ideal for presentations or when you want to see some part of your screen in greater detail.
Mark is often giving presentations on events about these tools and how to use them. You should watch this video I linked to. It is very interesting and useful and Mark is a good speaker.
You can also search the internet for his presentations with the following keywords:
mark russinovich sysinternals video teched
Microsoft Security Essentials is also very effective for scanning your computer for infections and removing them.