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#1 Spyslayer

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 11:32 PM

After dealing with spyware for about 3 years, i've composed a list of the best spyware removal tools i've encountered, tools that removed spyware that even most forum experts could not solve.

Ad-Aware:
The utmost basic foundation for any spyware free system, this little package is completely free to use and it not only scans for spyware, it also removes it for you without any registration or purchase. This infamous program can fix 95% of spyware problems for you pc, hands down the most famous spyware removal program ever created.
Can be downloaded at: www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Or by searching "ad aware" at www.download.com

SpyHunter
Quite possibly the next best thing to Ad-aware, it's picked up most of the stuff
Ad-aware misses, but definition files aren't constantly updated. Although the only problem i see with this program is that it will only scan your system and require registration to actually delete the spyware. Although if you're willing to spend a little money it's not bad, this is the only program on this list which actually costs anything. But definetly a good program.
Can be downloaded at: www.enigmasoftwaregroup.com/
Or by searching "spyhunter" at www.download.com

Microsoft Antispyware Beta:
That's right, the king of software has decided to release their own spyware removal tool, and let me tell you, even in it's beta, it's protection is amazing. Definetly the best active protection against all forms of spyware. It's simple to use, it's Microsoft, and it knows exactly where to look in Windows for spyware. You won't be disappointed with this download, it's completely free and it has built in system scan, spyware remover, and active protection that works extremely well with Internet Explorer. In my opinion, better than Ad-aware, it's just a matter of time before it goes global like Service Pack 2, might as well download it now
Can be downloaded at: www.microsoft.com/athome/ security/spyware/software/default.mspx

Trend Micro Anti-Spyware:
This program is recommended by Microsoft. Extremely well designed and extremely powerful, and simple to use. It has a free 30 day trial period, although a quick 5 minute scan will be good enough to clean 99% of spyware. It features fully functional updates, quick scan, active protection, and spyware removal for the 30 day trial period. In all honesty, it's the only program that could fix the updatescenter.com browser hijacker on my pc when everything else failed to do so. It's definetly the best unheard of product out there and in personal opinion one of the, if not the best spyware tool out there. Very close competiton with Microsofts Antispyware. Definetly download this one for a clean pc, and for amazing active protection, works very nicely with Microsoft Antispyware. What one may miss, the other always picks up.
Can be downloaded at: www.trendmicro.com/

Registry Mechanic:
I'm not an expert with registry values, and typically the thought of deleting a registry value has always been unsettling with me. It's very easy to mess up a pc's functionality with a wrong delete. This program does the hard stuff for you. It scans your registry for possible spyware, tells you exactly what it found, what each registry value means, the ammount of risk involved with keeping it on your pc, and if you should delete it or not. Very simple interface, easy to use, does hours of online registry value searching for you in seconds and gives you detailed and easy to understand information about what it finds. Completely useful, and the best registry tool out there by far. Good for the common pc user, good for the pc expert. Amazing program, and best of all it's free.
Can be downloaded by searching "registry mechanic" at www.download.com

Final Verdict:

Download Windows Service Pack 2, if you don't already have it. Download these programs, especially Microsoft Antispyware and Trend Micro Antispyware. Scan your system atleast once a week. The best way to scan is to run all scans one after another on your pc. Shutting down only after all have completed all scanning. Once you restart, before doing anything else, scan your pc completely will all programs one after another once again. Make sure you run updates on these programs atleast once in every week or 2, and try not to disable to active protection SP2, Microsoft Antispyware, and Trend Micro AntiSpyware offer.

Okay,
Take care all, hope this post helps
Umar

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Posted 11 November 2005 - 07:34 AM

Anyone considering SpyHunter should be aware of the following note on it at the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware page at spywarewarrior.com:

http://www.spywarewa...are.htm#sh_note

Free Tools for Fighting Malware
Anti-Virus: avast! Free Antivirus / Avira Free AntiVirus
OnLine Anti-Virus: ESET / BitDefender / F-Secure
Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware / Dr.Web CureIt
Spyware/Adware Tools: MVPS HOSTS File / SpywareBlaster
Firewall: Comodo Firewall Free / Privatefirewall
Tutorials: How did I get Infected? / Internet Explorer Privacy & Security Settings
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#3 avich143

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Posted 13 November 2005 - 12:35 AM

never use spyspotter... never...

#4 sjpritch25

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Posted 18 November 2005 - 09:20 PM

:unsure: Can't go wrong with Webroot SpySweeper!!!!

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 05:48 AM

Actually, one antispyware/antivirus is not enough on one system. It is better if you have two or three security software to ensure that most, if not all threats are cleared in a system. For me, I highle recommend Zerospyware2005 since it is clears most threats, even those annoying desktop hijackers.

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 06:43 AM

Actually, one antispyware/antivirus is not enough on one system. It is better if you have two or three security software to ensure that most, if not all threats are cleared in a system. For me, I highle recommend Zerospyware2005 since it is clears most threats, even those annoying desktop hijackers.

This is another that was on the Rogue list until quite recently... I don't trust any program that was rogue, even if they cleaned up their act... Who is to say that they won't turn rogue again since they tend to make more money that way??
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#7 MacDaddy

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 09:04 AM

Its safe to say, stick with the well established and trusted applications:

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
MS Anti-Spyware
Webroot Spy Sweeper
SpywareBlaster
And a few others

Spyware Warrior is a very good resource on what are trusted and rogue applications, even though sometimes it can be a little on the conservative side. Mind you, its better safe than sorry.

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#8 Alpha_Blue

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 09:15 PM

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
MS Anti-Spyware
Webroot Spy Sweeper
SpywareBlaster


To add to the list:

SpywareGuard
SpywareDoctor
TrendMicro Anti-Spyware

I personally dont trust those once on the rogue list, and for sure do not trust those ON it at the moment.

Actually, one antispyware/antivirus is not enough on one system. It is better if you have two or three security software to ensure that most, if not all threats are cleared in a system.


Right and wrong- Yes, more than one anti-spyware program is a great idea, but you for sure do not want more than 1 AV program. They "fight" with eachother constantly and therefore make you more vulnerable- always stick to 1 firewall, 1 AV, and multiple anti-spyware programs.

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 09:16 PM

Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
MS Anti-Spyware
Webroot Spy Sweeper
SpywareBlaster


To add to the list:

SpywareGuard
SpywareDoctor
TrendMicro Anti-Spyware
PestPatrol (removes all pets, not just anti-spyware...detects trojans, viruses, worms, etc)
Ewido Security Suite (not just anti-spyware but anti-malware...30 day trial I believe)

I personally dont trust those once on the rogue list, and for sure do not trust those ON it at the moment.

Actually, one antispyware/antivirus is not enough on one system. It is better if you have two or three security software to ensure that most, if not all threats are cleared in a system.


Right and wrong- Yes, more than one anti-spyware program is a great idea, but you for sure do not want more than 1 AV program. They "fight" with eachother constantly and therefore make you more vulnerable- always stick to 1 firewall, 1 AV, 1 anti-spam (I think multiple anti-trojan programs are okay but I'm not sure...) and multiple anti-spyware programs.

Edited by Anti_Spyware, 22 November 2005 - 09:17 PM.


#10 Indrid_Cold

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 11:45 PM

To clarify, running two software firewalls is not recommended. A hardware firewall such as you would find in a hub/router, and a software firewall installed on the PC is perfectly acceptable.
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