Viruses & Spyware

Anti-Virus Software

An antivirus is a software program used to prevent, detect, and eliminate malware and viruses. There are several companies that make anti-virus programs: Symantec makes Norton Antivirus, and McAfee has VirusScan. There are others that you can purchase, and there are also some free ones as well. If you do not already have anti-virus software, we recommend downloading:

Microsoft Security Essentials

This is a free anti-virus program, and is great for Windows computers that do not already have anti-virus software installed.


While it is not required to have an Anti-Virus software on Macintosh computers, we recommend you have one installed to prevent your machine from hosting viruses that you may spread to your friends’ Windows. Avast is a free and well-respected security tool.

Anti-Spyware Software

There are several programs available on the internet to manage & remove these from your computer. We recommend the following:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

SpyBot Search & Destroy

These are all free programs that can be installed to assist you in removing spyware and malware from your computer.

Feel free to contact our Technical Support Center at (360) 321-8324 for further questions regarding spyware. For assistance with removing spyware and malware from your computer, please contact a computer repair business.

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