Spyware is often very difficult to remove without the help of specialized anti-spyware programs (also known as spyware scanners). Spyware scanners identify and remove spyware from your computer. We recommend that you take advantage of these programs rather than attempting to remove spyware programs through conventional program uninstall methods, like the Add / Remove Programs
utility in Windows.
Here are some basic guidelines to follow to help protect your computer from spyware:
- Always be careful to fully understand what an application will be doing on your computer before you download it.
- Beware, sometimes spyware programs are bundled with other software applications (especially file sharing applications), and will automatically install.
- Be aware that spyware can be hidden in files shared through some popular file sharing applications, including KaZaA, LimeWire, BearShare, WinMX, iMesh, Morpheus, and XoloX. You can find more information on file sharing programs and spyware by reading this article: What is file sharing and how can I protect myself from spyware?
Some spyware and/or adware may be included as part of software that you have licensed from a third party pursuant to a separate license agreement. This separate license agreement may require that you install and run the spyware or adware in order to receive the other software. AT&T Internet Services strongly recommends that you review all software licenses to which you have agreed. AT&T Internet Services is not responsible for any breach caused by your removal of required spyware or adware.