CNET published an article with tips on how to use Windows XP features to remove spyware
. The first tip covers setting restore points, which let you bring your computer back to an earlier state--for example, before you installed a program. Restore points can save you, but you have to be vigilant about setting them. For the second tip, you need Windows XP Service Pack 2
installed. The tip tells you how to use the add-on manager in Internet Explorer to get rid of browser helper objects, a device some spyware uses to infect computers. The most useful part of this tip is the suggestion to ditch Internet Explorer
for Mozilla Firefox
, a much more secure browser. The final tip deals less with technology and more with attitudes. It suggests being a lot more wary about installing software on your computer, an important mind-set for computer-security issues. However, with spyware installing itself through Web sites and Windows Media Player, this advice isn't bulletproof.
In other news, Microsoft may release a beta
of its antispyware utility on Thursday. Because Microsoft bought Giant Software Company, the maker of its antispyware utility, just last December, I assume the only real development has been branding. We won't see any new features or functionality than what Giant AntiSpyware already delivered.