Bright Hub has reviewed many free adware and spyware remover programs, and some stand out as worthy of special mention. We’ll take a look at the programs you should consider letting take a look at your computer.
Free Spyware, Adware & Malware Remover Programs
Spyware, Adware, it’s all Malware…
In today’s world, travel over the Internet without any security software to the digital equivalent of leaving your keys in an unlocked car in a bad part of town. Although not everyone who is riding in your car is possible will be a temptation. More than a temptation is to open on the Internet with your computer, it is unfortunately an invitation to attack.
Adware is slightly less bad than other infections, but it can slow down your computer, bother you and load may be more serious problems. Spyware is more dangerous. Spyware can steal confidential information from buying habits to your bank account number and lead to identity theft. Many paid options are available for your protection, but there are also free adware and spyware remover programs that do an excellent job to protect of your computer and your privacy.
Free Adware Blocking Programs
There are programs which block both adware and spyware. One reputable program is Spyware Sweeper, which gets points for ease of use and fairly comprehensive coverage, including scans, the ability to update the definitions used in scans, and a quarantine area, where you can look at what the software found and decide if any of it is actually benign. Like many commercial anti-virus and security programs, it is a program that does not play well with others, so you will want to remove other third party security software while using it.
Ad-Aware Free Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware is not complete Internet security protection, but it does a very competent job on adware, spyware, looks for rootkits, and has been upgraded to also offer anti-virus protection.You will need to run it in conjunction with a firewall and span and parental control software for more complete protection. As well as adding virus protection, the newest version also now allows you to to schedule scans. Bright Hub’s review also notes it has a friendly user interface.
Free Spyware Remover programs
Spybot Search & Destroy
Spybot Search & Destroy is an application that has been around for the better part of a decade. In Bright Hub’s most recent review, it came out with good marks for picking up spyware, although it should never be your only defense. Use the Advanced tab to set scans up automatically.
It has some problems. When running as user, is it always say that you don’t have rights, don’t have administrative rights to scan it all, but the program it does not give you the opportunity as an administrator run. That frustrated me several times, since I had it on wish automatically scan when I start my computer. Sometime I heard it runs automatically, and instead started to demand as administrator – meaning that I don’t always remember it.
Because it does not scan for viruses, you do need to keep anti-virus software runnning. It, unlike a number of other anti-malware programs, does not interact badly with other security programs, so you can run an anti-virus program such as the free version of Avast.
SuperAntiSpyware is a comprehensive malware solution. It blocks adware, spyware, rootkits and more, and usefully, it also repairs corrupted files, including those in the registry, and Internet connections. It has user support and an active forum for questions. SuperAntiSpyware sets up quickly and when you run scans, it stays in the background rather than seizing all your CPU power. You can also run it when booting in Safe Mode.
Programs to Avoid
Rogue malware masquerading as adware and spyware removal programs is a growing problem. As well, there are free programs available which, while not actively infecting your computer, are not worth the time and memory spent downloading them to your computer – and they also may fool you into thinking that you have protection when you do not.
Bright Hub has reviewed several programs which, after evaluation, we recommend you avoid using.
A review of the AVIGen Spyware Scanner points out that it is out of date and without support, giving you a false impression you have protection.
Another free program, Webroot Spy Sweeper 6.1, has poor detection and scanning ability. It too is a not a good choice to keep your computer safe.
Spyware Doctor seems to detect many issues on the computer, but acts a little like malware itself at times. The program detects, but cannot remove all it finds, so it takes you to its Home site, where you can buy their program for removing what Spyware Doctor has found. Unlike rougue anti-virus progrms, it does not hold you hostage if you do not buy the commercial version. If you decide that you are not happy with this alternative, be aware that the uninstall process is not smooth. You may need to use additional software to get the vestiges out of your system.
More Free Protection
Many of these programs are very good at what they do, but need to be supplimented with anti-virus software. Check Bright Hub’s picks for free anti-virus solutions. You may also want to take a look at Microsoft’s free security software if you are using Windows as your operating system..