Software & Apps Apps 4 Free Spyware and Adware Detection and Removal Software Apps by Tony Bradley, CISSP-ISSAP Writer Tony Bradley is a former Lifewire writer and tech journalist who specializes in network and internet security. He is a respected information security expert and prolific author. our editorial process LinkedIn Tony Bradley, CISSP-ISSAP Updated on January 02, 2020 Henrik5000/E+/Getty Images Apps Best Apps Payment Services Tweet Share Email 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 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.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. XP-AntiSpy has not been updated since 2015. Use it at your own risk.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.