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Spyware problems

Date: June 28, 2007

At times, when I am working at my com- puter something begins to run in the background that slows everything down. Nothing appears on the screen to indicate what it might be. The slowdown will last for a brief period, then all is back to normal for a short time, then the slowdown will begin again. Do you have any suggestions as to what is causing this or what I can do?

- Donald W. Titus, Boerne, Texas

My first guess is that you have a spyware problem. These tiny programs report back to their owners - they're spying on you. Some computers can have 200 or more of these programs on the hard disk, a lot for a computer to handle.
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