How to get rid of spyware on your computer? Spyware is a form of software created with the intent to infiltrate and/or damage your computer. If you have spyware installed on your computer your internet connection speed is likely slow, your internet setting may be tinkered with, you have random pop-ups appearing when your surf the web, your homepage is not what you set it to be, and/or your browsing history is not private. Furthermore, some forms of spyware can monitor what you type on your keyboard, opening the door for identity theft. Generally if you feel that your computer is not running normally (ex. the programs you open up take forever to load or your internet browser starts going to random sites) you may have spyware. Even if you don't think that your computer has spyware on it, you should know that some spyware does not cause any symptoms to appear.

Here are the things you should do if you want eliminate and prevent spyware

Buy anti-spyware software. The software can detect any incoming spyware in realtime and/or take care of spyware that has already been installed on your computer. Some of the more popular products out there are Symantec Corporation's Norton 360 Version 3.0, McAfee AntiSpyware, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, and Sophos Anti-Virus. Keep in mind that a lot of the free anti-spyware software you see online is actually spyware in disguise. Although you probably don't want to drop $30-$70 on something that removes a virtual pest, it can save you from a lot frustration in the future. Although spyware is a problem, it's not big enough to constantly be on the look out for the best and latest spyware program. Unless you buy some very cheap anti-spyware software, you can count on getting free updates on the software. Ad-Aware from Lavasoft is one of the few trusted spyware removal software that is truly free. Microsoft Windows Defender is also free if you have Windows XP or Vista. Spybot Search and Destroy is an option to check out as well.
Make sure that you only download files from sites that you trust. You also want to think twice before installing something fishy as it may be spyware in disguise. Also, don't click on any links from pop-ups that claim to scan for spyware on your computer. What they are really doing is giving you, not detecting, spyware!

Make sure that you have a firewall installed on your computer as it will keep others from having access to it if you already have spyware.

Make sure that your operating system is running the latest version. Update it constantly.

Make sure that your browser is running the latest version. Update it constantly.

If your spyware problem is serious enough, you may have to back-up all of your files and reinstall your operating system.

Avoid P2P file sharing programs as there's a good chance that you'll get spyware when using one of them. You should also be weary of anything you download off of such networks. An example of such a network is Kazaa, which is known to have spyware on it.

Consider switching to a different browser. If you use Internet Explorer there's a greater chance that you'll get spyware because IE is the most popular web browser. Consider getting something such as Google Chrome or Safari (if you're a Mac user). Also because PCs are a lot more popular than MACs you're more likely to get spyware if you use a PC. Although MACs aren't 100% protected from spyware, adware, and viruses, you have less of a chance of getting malware if you have an Apple computer.

Don't download no-name toolbars for your web browser as they may be spyware in disguise.

Interesting fact: Even if someone could get access to our browsing history, why would they need it in the first place? Turns out that our browsing history can be made into a report to selling to marketing companies.