4 Free Spyware and Adware Detection & Removal Software

Detect and remove spyware which can affect system performance and security

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It sounds so James Bond but spyware is real . . . and a real threat in today's world. Here are a few tips for detecting and removing it so you can stay safe and secure.

  • Spybot S&D Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spybot S&D is exceptionallu popular and very effective. It can be used in conjunction with a program like Ad-Aware because they will often catch a handful of spyware that the other did not detect. Spybot S&D is available completely free of charge.
  • SpywareBlaster Rather than detecting and removing spyware after the fact, SpywareBlaster proactively protects your system to block spyware and adware from infiltrating in the first place.
  • XP-AntiSpy XP-AntiSpy does not detect or disable spyware in the traditional sense. There are services running by default on many Windows XP systems which some may consider a privacy or security concern. You can disable them on your own, but using XP-AntiSpy you can view and disable these services much quicker and allow you to re-enable them just as quickly if you choose.
  • X-Cleaner X-Cleaner performs cookie cleaning, Internet cache cleaning, scans for many popular spy software packages and performs permanent file shredding. This version is available for free, but the developer also offers a Professional version with more functionality for purchase.