KeenValue isn't from Microsoft.
"Spyware" and "Adware" applications install themselves when you visit certain Web sites or click on the wrong link. They are often installed when people load "free" software like screensavers, download utilities, free games, file-sharing utilities and other "cool, free stuff." They can also be similar to viruses.
The best way to protect yourself is to:
1. Don't download freeware applications unless they are from a known and trusted source. Read their terms-of-use and look for software reviews on Google and CNET. Even popular programs sometimes include these popup "AD-ware" programs.
USE Windows Update to protect against bugs and security holes.
3. Download FREE, trusted anti-spyware and anti-adware tools like ADAWARE 6.0
and SPYBOT SEARCH AND DESTROY.
There are free versions of both (they also sell paid versions).
(note: "ADware" is advertising software. "ADAware" is the name of the anti-adware software.)
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READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, HELP OR README FILES. THESE PROGRAMS WILL LOOK FOR AND REMOVE SPYWARE AND ADWARE FROM YOUR COMPUTER. You can't use both at once, but you can run both programs on their own separately.
4. Get Norton Antivirus and stay up-to-date on your antivirus subscriptions. Enable auto-protect. This is A MUST!!!!
5. Don't click on unknown e-mail attachments, and be careful about what Web sites you visit. If you're visiting a Web site and you get a dialog box that asks if it's OK to download something to your computer, always say NO unless you are purposefully requesting the software and are 100% positive what it is.
If you do these things, particularly using Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy, it will go a long way to removing and blocking unwanted programs.