Spyware often disguises itself to look like a normal webpage or a program that is similar to a virus scanner. If you are navigating the Internet and you run across a pop-up that claims your computer is infected and you need to install a program to clean it, chances are high this is a form of spyware. However, even if you click the "No" or "Cancel" button on the pop-up, the spyware can still attempt to install. The best way to escape a spyware page is to close the browser completely from the Task Manager.
Identify that the webpage that is attempting to install the spyware. Usually, this is a form of pop-up. Often the webpage will prompt you to install some sort of protection software or virus removal program. These are actually spyware programs in disguise.
Do not attempt to close the pop-up or the window. Some spyware will automatically begin installation if you click anything on the pop-up or the webpage.
Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Del" keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
Choose "Task Manager" from the menu.
Navigate to the "Processes" tab. This will show you a list of processes currently running on your computer.
Locate your web browser's process in the menu. Firefox will be "firefox.exe." Internet Explorer will be "iexplorer.exe." Google Chrome will be "chrome.exe."
Click on your browser's process name once to highlight it.
Click the "End Process" button to close the process down. Click "End Process" a second time if you are prompted to confirm the action. This will shut down your browser and allow you to escape a page that might attempt to install spyware on your computer.
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