How to Find Spyware with File Search Tool

Posted: June 6, 2006

Why is it important to delete Spyware Programs?

Spyware can infect your computer and compromise your privacy, security and computer performance. Spyware is constanly changing and can infect your computer without you even being aware of it. Spyware can install onto your computer and gain access to sentitive information like your passwords, credi card numbers and emails. Spyware is very difficult to detect and remove so trying to uninstall it can prove to be a huge undertaking.

If you suspect that your computer is infected with spyware, the best advice is to remove the spyware IMMEDIATELY before it exposes your computer to other unwanted programs such as adware, malware, trojans and hijackers.

Windows includes an effective search tool that may help you to find spyware files and folders on your computer. Windows File Search Tool is easy to use and navigate, giving you many options to choose according to what you want to find. You are able to choose particular areas to look on your computer that will make the searching for spyware faster.

Learn how to find unwanted spyware programs from your computer with Windows File Search Tool.

Find Spyware Programs Manually

Warning: Manually searching for files of a spyware program is a difficult and risky. If you delete the wrong file, your computer may crash and important data may be lost. As precautionary measure, please back up important files and set a System Restore point (click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore, and follow the on-screen instructions) or run a spyware check with a trusted anti-spyware program to automatically detect spyware.

Follow the steps below to search for spyware files or folders.

  1. Click the "Start" button and then select the "Search" option.

    select search

  2. The Search window will be launched. On the left side of the "Search" window, you will see a separate section which is called the "Search Companion".

    search window
  3. If you want to perform the search for all available computer files and folders, click on "All Files or Folders".

    select all files and folders

  4. You have several preferences under "All Files or Folders". For example, you are able to search for files or folders according to their name, a separate word or phrase in the file, the drive where the file is placed, or any combination of the three.

    all files and folders preferences

  5. "Search Companion" is designed to look through your hard drive. If you want to search in a different location, click on the down arrow below the "Look in" section. This action will show you the variety of folders, and disks where you can perform your search. Click on the drive, folder, or disk you wish to perform a search. For better results, it is recommended that you select "Look in: Local Hard Drives" or "Look in: My Computer".

    select local hard drives

  6. If you want to perform a more sophisticated search, go to the "More Advanced Options" section.

    more advanced options

  7. If you know the exact type of file that you are looking for, click the down arrow under "Type of File". This action will display a list of all available files. To choose the preffered type, use your scroll button and search for the type of file you are looking for and click the file type.

    select type of file

  8. Click on the "Search" button to start the search. You will be able to see a summary of your search criteria as Windows looks for your parasite file(s).

    start search

  9. When your search finishes, you will see all of the files that are related to the parasite. The results will be seen on the right side of the "Search" window.

    search results

  10. Right-click on the files that you want to delete and select "Delete". Otherwise, you can select the files and press the "Delete" button on your keyboard.

    delete file
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