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How do I Choose the Best Anti-Spyware Scanner?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 25 September 2017
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Choosing the right anti-spyware scanner is a task that requires considering several different factors. In most cases, there is a need to consider the attributes of your system, particularly the operating system and the amount of random access memory or RAM available on the hard drive. Along with these basics, it’s a good idea to consider what other types of security features are included with the scanner, particularly the ability of the product to block new spyware and wipe out any malware or spyware that the scanner does find on your system.

The process of evaluating any anti-spyware scanner begins with finding software that is compatible with your operating system. For people using the latest versions of different operating systems, this is a relatively easy task. Just about every type of anti-spyware software on the market today will work with operating systems released over the last four to five years. If your system is older than that, it may take some searching to find software that is right for your system and offers the ability to update the detection feature of the software from time to time. Keep in mind that older computers have limited memory, making it necessary to determine how much RAM is needed to run the anti-spyware scanner you have in mind before actually installing the software.

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Once you identify several different anti-spyware scanner packages that are right for your system, look closely at the features each one offers. Ideally, you want a computer security product that will work well with any existing anti-virus program you currently use. At the same time, get some idea of how the computer cleanup works. Go for scanners that not only locate spyware, but also isolate suspected bugs so you can review them before actually removing them from your system. This prevents any issues of accidentally removing something that is vital to the operation of one or more programs on the hard drive.

Before actually downloading and installing any anti-spyware scanner, take the time to research what others think of the software. Look for reviews on consumer sites and forums where people gather to discuss different types of security protection. Take note of any issues that others have had with the software, especially if the product does not seem to block much in the way of malware or spyware. With a little research, you can find the right anti-spyware scanner for your system, and protect the integrity of the computer from these bugs that slow down the system’s operation, while preventing tracking of your movements around the Internet.

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