Top 5 Free Anti Spyware Software
Spyware and viruses are two distinct categories of threats. I know that there is a tendency to put an equal sign between viruses, trojans, spyware, malware and any other type of malicious software, but this is not fair. If the antivirus solution you use does not include an anti-spyware component, or your computer has been infected by it, then you need to install an antispyware program.
How often should I scan my computer?
In principle, you might even do a full scan once a week, and when the system responds slow or strange events occur (some would say dubious) a quick scan is most appropriate.
That said, let’s see what antispyware software programs are available for free.
Ad-Aware Free is a Lavasoft product of the same family that also includes Ad-Aware Pro, Ad-Aware Plus and Ad-Aware Enterprise. On the official site you can find a chart that shows the differences of Pro Plus and Free versions, but I would like to mention from the start that the free version can not be used for commercial purposes, it is intended solely for the home users.
Back to Ad-Aware Free and say that it is available in an anniversary edition, occasioned by the end of a decade since it became publicly available. And to be honest, the first anti-spyware that I used was Ad-Aware. In 2001 or 2002, can not remember exactly.
Ad-Aware Free protects you in real time against spyware, root-kits and key-loggers, trojans and other malware. Among the important features offered by Ad-Aware Free I mention integration with Windows Security Center, Watch Live! Basic, custom scan profiles, powerful anti-rootkit system, scanning external drives and intelligent management of resources.
Previously we noted that Ad-Aware Free offers active protection by the Watch Live! way. Unfortunately, the free Watch Live! Basic version does not provide protection registers or blocking certain IP connection (shown to be dangerous), while Ad-Aware Plus is using Watch Live! Advanced.
Spyware Terminator is a free program that allows Windows users to protect their computers against a possible virus or spyware infestation.
Besides the usual option of scanning files, Spyware Terminator gives users the features that usually are not available on other free antispyware programs:
* Real-time protection that allows spyware to identify threats before infection
* Virus scanner and antivirus protection
* A toolbar to identify potential sites that pose a threat and will alert you on this.
The application can be programmed to scan your computer, looking for spyware at predetermined intervals, the user can also determine in advance the type of scan that can be performed: deep, fast or custom scan.
Spyware Terminator scans the entire system using the its updated features.
Those who want a more extensive protection may choose to have the ClamAV (free open source) antivirus program to be integrated with Spyware Terminator. The “automatic update” component ensures that the schedule is always updated and ready to protect you.
ThreatFire, formerly known as Cyberhawk by the Internet users, has a new way to fight malware. While traditional antivirus must wait for a database update, ThreatFire uses activity-based detection devices. Thus, it is able to detect these threats and to reduce the activity generated from the first day. It is great for viruses, worms, spyware and rootkits.
The program runs quietly letting you work on something else.
When it detects suspicious activity, notifies the user and calls to block.
ThreatFire displays a statistical table with a summary of events and programs that where analyzed in the system. Here you can see the threats that were intercepted on the computer.
Spybot Search & Destroy is a eight years old product, that deals with spyware detection and deletion of elements, elements that lead to slow computer and are not always detected by an antivirus.
Spyware refers to components that will monitor the activity in order to establish a profile which is sent without the knowledge of your company in charge of marketing and advertising.
If you see the toolbar in your browser or if you changed your home page then you probably have a spyware.
Spybot can also clean your system from the list of programs and Internet sites that you used, which is particularly useful in situations where using your computer with other users. For advanced users, the program will allow the repair of those problems in the registry related to advertising programs and malicious programs.
A great advantage of the program is that the update is done periodically and automatically, making it stronger and safer.
Find more about Spybot Search & Destroy here.
One of the best anti-spyware security software is Malwarebytes, a free (also has a shareware version) a higher level of detection of this type of threat than a good part of the commercial alternatives.
Malwarebytes detects trojans, spyware, adware, dialers, r0gue and other types of malware, analyze and remove suspicious cookies, virtual memory, registry like hard disk drives at a custom scan. Duration of the scan depends on how many files you have on your computer.
Doesn’t matter what antivirus you have, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program is a must-have in your computer so that you run a full scan once a month. If you are online often you will find 2-3 infected objects even though you have a good updated antivirus. Speaking of antivirus, when you install Malwarebytes disable the antivirus software. Then install the program, then will ask you to restart your computer.
Find more about Malwarebytes here.
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