Free Anti-spyware Tools
Ad-Aware SE Personal
The utility scans your system--including removable drives--for the most common types of advertising spyware and safely removes offending software. The utility detects small ad programs from Adware, Aureate/Radiate, OnFlow, Comet-Cursor, Cydoor, Doubleclick, EverAd, Flyswat, OnFlow, TimeSink 5.0, and others.
Protect yourself from spyware and hackers by changing your Internet Explorer browser settings from medium to high security and back again. Klik Safe lives in your system tray and appears as a small lock icon. You can, of course, change your Internet security settings yourself, but this utility makes the process of switching much more convenient, which is useful for travelling among Web sites that may be more or less risky to visit.
This security program finds these creepy little files and gets rid of them, protecting your system resources and your privacy. Startup-Mechanic also sniffs out obsolete programs and unused junk, helping you streamline your system. With the backup archive viewer and the recycle bin storage, you'll have a cooling-off period in which you can decide if you want your files back. Boot protection keeps unsavory programs from launching when you start your PC
1-2-3 Spyware Free
123 comprehensively scans and protects your PC in real-time from unwanted spyware and suggest their removal. You can manually start the program or set time for auto startup. The Update Option enables you to get an up-to-date version on a regular basis.
Yahoo Toolbar with Anti-Spy
Search from anywhere on the Web, and protect yourself from spyware and pop-ups, with this toolbar. Yahoo Toolbar fits snugly into your browser, right under the address field. You can enter any search term you would like, click "Search Web," and you'll get pages of results. This latest version scans your PC for programs that may be spyware and lets you decide whether to delete them. The program also blocks pesky pop-ups.
Detect and remove components that help hijackers change your browser's homepage. HijackThis includes a dozen checks against hijacker tricks. The program does not target specific programs/URLs; instead, it protects you against the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks.
Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta
AntiSpyware detects spyware programs, tells you where they're located, gives you a risk rating, and recommends what action you should take. You can then disable the program or permanently remove it. If you inadvertently remove any programs you later want, you can get them back.
Foxie empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser by blending tabbed browsing, ads & pop-up blocking, Malware cleansing and privacy & security protection with our smart search capabilities to enhance your browsing experience. Foxie is not a web browser and fits seamlessly into your IE browser.
This program watches several components of Internet Explorer to make sure no one hijacks your browser or tries to slip spyware into it. If an invader does attempt to change your IE's home page, default Page, or Search Page, SpywareGuard will let you know. The program also keeps a database of known values common to spyware programs; when possible, it gives details and specialized instructions for shaking loose the leeches.
Spybot Search and Destroy
Search your hard disk for so-called spybots or adbots, the modules that are responsible for showing ads and transmitting information back to vendors. If Spybot Search and Destroy finds such modules, it will remove them or replace them with empty dummies. In most cases, the host software still runs after removing the bot. Among the adbots Spybot targets: Aureate, CLPRS, Comet Cursors, eZula HotText, Gator, GoHip, Radiate, WebHancer, and WildTangent.
Even if your PC has Ad-aware and Spybot Search & Destroy, you still can't stop some versions of an insidious and virus-like pest called CoolWebSearch. Fortunately, a Dutch student who goes simply by the name Merijn wrote a tiny free tool called CWShredder that specializes in removing dozens of CWS variants. InterMute bought the program and now maintains it as a standalone download and bundled with SpySubtract Pro.