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Detecting spyware (1004009)

Symptoms

A guest or host operating system: 
  • Stops responding.
  • Has performance problems.
  • Is slow.
  • Has an application that isn’t working properly.
  • Has browser pop-ups or application windows appear randomly.
  • Has network problems.
  • Experiences excessive disk access for no apparent reason.

Purpose

This article guides you through the process of determining if problems encountered on a virtual machine's guest operating system or on a host computer where a VMware product is installed, are related to spyware.

Resolution

Note: Having some Spyware removal software installed can cause unpredictable connectivity issues in some environments.
 
If an operating system is suddenly behaving unexpectedly it may be because of spyware. VMware recommends that a spyware scan be performed to confirm spyware as the cause of this behaviour.
 
VMware does not provide a spyware scanner. Spyware scanners must be obtained from the operating system vendor or through a third party utility. Examples of third party utilities include:
 

Note: VMware does not endorse or recommend any particular third party utility, nor is the list above meant to be exhaustive.

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