please tell me how to find a hidden program

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    I want to know if there is any "hidden" programs on my computer that wouldn't appear on the add/remove programs. I want to know if there is any kind of software on my computer that is recording my operations on this computer. PLEASE HELP!
     
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    Some basic info would be nice - Which Windows are you using? IE will keep a record/History of every website that you visit, but you can manually clear that History
     
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    vista of course.. i know theres a way to show on XP but it doesn't seem to work for vista.. i found a program that says it will show you all the hidden programs on your computer but of course you have to buy it and i really just want to know if i have any kind of spyware or anything like that on here.. HELP .. let me know..
     
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    You're asking two different questions:

    1) Do programs exist that are NOT shown in Add/Remove programs?

    2) Does your machine have any spyware or malware?



    The answer to the first is of course! The add/remove function is for adding and removing complete applications, not individual programs. Also, it doesn't automatically show all the Windows features that can be added or removed. Just running a search for all the .exe and .com files will show LOTS of "programs" that aren't listed -- usually, because they were installed as a byproduct of an app install, or they came with windows.



    The anwer to the second is to acquire and run antispyware and/or antimalware applications. Windows Defender will do some of that, but it's not the best. There are several commercial apps that will do better.
     
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