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Free Spyware / Malware Protection

There are numerous spyware and malware detection and removal programs. With so many choices, how do you decide which product to use to protect your privacy?

Many adware, spyware, malware detection and removal products offer a free download and scan of your computer to detect spyware but you must purchase the software to remove privacy threats. Some products offer a limited free trial before you must purchase the software to continue using it.

These are the most popular FREE detection and removal products.

Advanced Detection and Removal: Detect and remove spyware, adware and remove malware, trojans, dialers, worms, keyLoggers, hijackers, parasites, rootkits, rogue security products and many other types of threats. Light on system resources and won't slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won't conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution! Repair broken Internet connections, desktops, registry editing and more with our unique repair system! Real-Time Protection: Real-time blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing! First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system. Schedule either Quick, Complete or Custom scans daily or weekly to ensure your computer is free from harmful software. 17.4 MB download.

SpybotSpybot - Search & Destroy©®
Detects and removes spyware which silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile about you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer. 15.6 MB download.

MalwarebytesMalwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The Realtime Protection Module uses our advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats. Access to our Expert Community and Knowledgeable Support Team (email/forums). 9.6 MB download.

IObitIObit Malware Fighter
An advanced malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers. With the improved, unique "Dual-Core" engine and heuristic malware detection, IObit Malware Fighter detects the most complex and deepest spyware and malware in a very fast and efficient way. Delivers comprehensive and deeper system scan to find the deepest infections, and finally remove or quarantine them, protecting your PC from more security threats and privacy compromises. With anti-malware, anti-spyware, anti-adware, anti-trojan, anti-bots, and more, IObit Malware Fighter can assist your antivirus to defend any tricky and complex threats. 18.6 MB download.

Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the most annoying and pervasive threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends! The most important step you can take is to secure your system. And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available. Provides Multi-Angle Protection: Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs. Block spying / tracking via cookies. Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites. Helps keep your system secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system. 3.10 MB download