4 Free Spyware and Adware Detection and Removal Software Apps

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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 spyware so you can stay safe and secure. These are some of the best spyware tools for your computer's security.

Spyware Detection Software

  1. Spybot S&D Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spybot S&D is exceptionally 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. XP-AntiSpy has not been updated since 2015. Use it at your own risk.
  4. 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. X-Cleaner has not been updated since 208. Use it at your own risk.