How to Remove Pop-Ups & Spyware

Spyware can assume many forms, from bothersome but innocuous pop-up generators to viruses that record your keystrokes and send them over the Internet to the creator of the malware. Remove spyware from your computer by scanning your hard drives with Windows Defender or with a free, reputable anti-virus program.

Run a System Scan With Windows Defender

Windows Defender is an anti-malware tool which is included in the latest versions of Windows. Run a full system scan with the tool to remove spyware from your computer.


Open the Windows Start Screen or Start Menu, enter Defender in the search field and select Windows Defender from the search results to launch the program.


Perform a full-system scan by selecting Full under Scan Options and clicking the Scan Now button to start the scan.

Windows Defender.
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Run a System Scan With a Third-Party Anti-Virus Program

Download and install a free, reputable anti-malware application such as:

Launch the anti-virus application and run a full-system scan.