In the past it was only viruses who wants to attack our computers, but nowadays 80 to 90% of the computers are affected by spyware, adware, worms etc. Spyware can do unwanted things like: changing start page of your browser, install search bars in web browsers, many advertising pop-ups or add unwanted favorites. Also your system will be very slow and unstable, this is because the spyware often starts when you boot your PC. I made a list of free Spyware software, some are real-time others are on demand. On demand means you have to update en scan manually, real-time detects continuously.
This anti-spyware software is made in Sweden. Ad-Aware removes all kinds of nasty spyware, adware and viruses from your PC and has been a popular free program. This free software protects you against malware and has automatic updates. Also rootkits and viruses will be removed with Ad-Aware.
Spybot – Search & Destroy
Spybot Search & Destroy removes spyware and adware, it also has many useful features. It removes trojans, dialers en keyloggers, but you have to update regularly, because every day there comes new spyware. The updates for Spybot S&D are free. Spybot also provides continuous protection for your PC through the Spybot-SDResident (TeaTimer), it monitors from the system tray and alerts if there is system and registry changes.
This is a handy program to catch spyware and malware and is literally everywhere recommended on the Internet forums. HijackThis is very different compared with the ordinary anti-spyware software. HijackThis scans only your PC, not removing spyware, it make a list of startup programs, running processes, services, browser add-ons in Internet Explorer and BHOs. This list allows you to save as a log file.
SpywareBlaster is a freeware anti-spyware program which can prevent dangerous ActiveX files, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other dangerous and unwanted files which installed on your computer. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox browser. Spyware Blaster has real-time protection as files are opened and programs are running.
AVG – Anti-Spyware Free Edition
AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition is a popular free and easy to use anti-spyware solution. This is the free edition of AVG and provides a high level of detection capability and has a daily database update. It’s is only available to single home computers and not for commercial use.
Spyware Terminator has much to offer. The real-time protection from Spyware Terminator protects your startup programs, services and drivers, browser add-ons, winsock, hosts file, file extensions, system settings and Internet Explorer settings. It has a multi-language support, 100% real-time protection and antivirus protection.
Super anti-spyware removes spyware like adware, trojans, rootkits, dialers, worms, keyloggers, hijackers, rogue software and other malware. The free version is an on demand scanner, which means that you need to update and scan your PC manually and provides no real protection.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scans within ten minutes your entire PC, and then removes any spyware and other malware. Additional feature is FileASSASSIN which can remove blocked files from your PC. You can also scan separate files in Windows Explorer using the right mouse button. This free software is an on-demand scanner, so you need to update and scan your PC manually.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware is specialized in trojans and worms, it scans your PC for viruses, spyware and adware. The free version has no real protection for your PC that means you need to scan on demand, but there are choices for a quick, clever or deep scan.
IObit Malware Fighter
IObit Malware Fighter Free scans your PC to various types of malware and also provides real-time protection through the Startup Guard, Cookie Guard, NetworkGuard, Browser Guard, and File Guard. It protects your PC in real-time against adware, keyloggers, worms, spyware, hijackers, trojans and bots.
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