How to stop adware and tracking cookies

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How to stop adware and tracking cookies
Your computer can be infected without your knowledge. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from Fotolia.com)

Adware is a type of advertising software that automatically plays or downloads advertisement on your computer after you install a new program. Adware is usually installed on your computer without your knowledge. Tracking cookies work in a similar manner. Tracking cookies record your online activity as a way to track what websites you frequent. Adware and tracking cookies can pose a serious privacy threat. While there is no guaranteed way to stop adware and tracking cookies from being installed on your computer, there are ways to detect and delete adware and tracking software using anti-malware programs.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • A computer installed with:
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • or
  • Lavasoft Ad-Aware
  • or
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install Spybot Search & Destroy. This is an open source antispyware program and can be downloaded for free from Spybot's website at www.safer-networking.org.>

  2. 2

    Click on the start button located on the lower left-hand side of your computer screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the icon titled "All Programs."

  4. 4

    Drift your mouse down the list of programs until you get to a folder titled "Spybot Search & Destroy." Click on this folder.

  5. 5

    Wait for Spybot Search & Destroy to load on your computer. When it does, look to the left-hand side of the Spybot window and you will see a list of tabs going down the window. Click on the first tab titled "Search and Destroy."

  6. 6

    Wait for a new Spybot window to open. Notice on this window a list of tabs going horizontal across the Spybot window. Click on the first tab titled "Check for problems." Wait for Spybot Search & Destroy to scan your computer for adware and tracking cookies.

  7. 7

    When prompted, allow Spybot to delete all adware and tracking cookies from your computer.

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  2. 2

    Click on the start button located at the lower left-hand side of your computer screen. Click on the icon titled "All Programs." Click on the folder under the "All Programs" tab titled "Lavasoft." Click on the folder under "Lavasoft" titled "Ad-Aware." Click on the icon under "Ad-Aware" titled "Ad-aware." Allow Lavasoft Ad-Aware to load on your computer. Do not close the Ad-Aware screen when it pops up.

  3. 3

    Notice on the Ad-Aware screen a tab on the left-hand titled "Scan." Click on this tab. Ad-Aware will then offer you three options: "Smart Scan", "Full Scan" and "Custom Scan."

  4. 4

    Click on the tab titled "Full Scan."

  5. 5

    Allow Ad-Aware to scan your computer for adware and tracking cookies. When prompted, allow Ad-Aware to delete adware and tracking cookies.

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  2. 2

    Click on the start button located on the lower left-hand side of your computer screen. Click on the folder titled "All Programs." Click on the folder titled "Symantec Endpoint Protection." Click on the icon titled "Symantec Endpoint Protection." Allow Symantec Endpoint Protection to load on your computer. A new window will open on your computer screen; do not close this window.

  3. 3

    Notice on the left-hand side of the Symantec window a set of tabs. Click on the tab titled "Scan for threats." Symantec Endpoint Protection will offer you two new options: "Quick Scan" and "Full Scan." Click on the option "Run Full Scan."

  4. 4

    Allow Symantec Endpoint Protection to scan your computer for adware and tracking cookies. When prompted, allow Symantec Endpoint Protection delete adware and tracking cookies.

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