Best Spyware Remover
In addition to using the spyware removal tools recommended below, there are also several steps you can take to reduce the chance of malware getting onto your system. For starters, always be sure to install the latest Windows Updates particularly those marked as "Critical Updates." You should either set your computer to automatically check for updates, or manually check at least twice per month. Additionally, install a disk cleanup tool such as CCleaner and run it at least once per week to clean out the temporarily files, cookies, and other junk stored on your hard drive. Of course, be sure to install anti-virus software and keep it updated. Note that some of the best free anti-virus tools such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Avita AntiVir Personal also offer real-time malware protection.
Lastly, use responsible Internet practices to reduce the chances of getting infected. Don’t click on suspicious pop-up windows or links, don’t open suspicious emails from people you don’t know (especially emails with attachments), and don’t download software from non-reputable sites. Also note that you are at serious risk if you download commercial software, cracks, or serial numbers from torrent sites or other p2p file sharing services.
Here’s a look at the best spyware removers for your PC.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free malware removal tool thats fairly quick and extremely effective. The application has a clean, simple interface and offers a useful quick scan feature that can detect and remove spyware in only minutes. You can scan multiple drives or individual files, and a FileAssassin feature is included for removing locked files. Note that the free version does not offer real-time protection or scheduled updates and scans, so youll need to purchase the paid version ($24.95) to take advantage of those features. While the paid version is worth the price, you can likely get away with just using the free scanning/removal features and installing another free application (such as Microsoft Security Essentials) for real-time protection. Read Full Review
SUPERAntiSpyware is another spyware remover that does an excellent job detecting and removing most spyware, adware, malware, and other infections. The free version offers full scanning and removal capabilities, but youll need to upgrade to the paid version if you want real-time protection and scheduled scans. This application is lightweight, fairly easy to use, and extremely effective, which makes it a must-download for those that are serious about keeping themselves protected. While the free version may suffice for most, the paid version is certainly worth the upgrade fee for the added benefit of real-time protection. Read Full Review
SpyBot Search & Destroy may be one of the older spyware removers available, but its remained a top choice because of its useful features for preventing threats from reaching your computer and fairly effective scanning/removal capabilities. The application is completely free to use and features an extremely useful Immunize feature, which protects your computer against common spyware threats by tweaking your browser settings. This is supplemented by SDHelper, a plugin for Internet Explorer that further helps to prevent spyware from reaching your PC. Read Full Review
One of the most popular spyware removers available, Ad-Aware is a solid tool thats worth the free download for its malware protection, providing effective (though somewhat sluggish) scan and removal capabilities. Additionally, the latest version also offers anti-virus protection, which makes it more of an all-in-one solution than previous editions. Just like with Malware Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware, youll need to upgrade to the paid version for real-time protection and some other features such as rootkit removal. Read Full Review
If you're looking for an all-in-one solution for virus, spyware, malware, Trojan, and rootkit protection, Avira AntiVir Personal is an excellent choice. While youll have to deal with some annoying ads when using the free version, youll be tough-pressed to find another free tool that offers such complete protection and removal capabilities. Scans are very customizable to meet your needs, and if threats are found, removal is made easy through the applications clean and intuitive interface. Just note that unlike the top three recommendations on our list, AntiVir Personal is intended to be used as your sole anti-virus software. Read Full Review
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