Featured Antispyware Download
AVG Free Edition is the well-known antivirus protection tool. AVG Free is available free of charge to home users for the life of the product. Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Free is easy to use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements). Highlights include automatic update functionality, the AVG Resident Shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run, free Virus Database Updates for the lifetime of the product, and AVG Virus Vault for safe handling of infected files.
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents.
Version 1.4 has the first native multi-installation scanner, is noticeably faster than version 1.3 during scans, and has improved the tools and updated the interface.
Facts & Figures
FACT: There is a 90% chance that your machine is hosting spyware.
FACT: There are currently over 79 000 Spyware and Adware programmes on the Internet that can infect your PC.
Your PC may be infected if you have ever downloaded screensavers, music, games, video clips, images, and even those "smiley face" icons that have been going around the past few months. Advertisers/Hackers offer these screensavers, music, games, etc. for free in order to legally "trick" consumers into installing their AdWare and SpyWare programs.
9 signs you may be infected by adware and/or spyware:
- When you start your browser, the home page has mysteriously changed. You change it back manually, but before long you find that it has changed back again.
- You get pop-up advertisements when your browser is not running or when your system is not even connected to the Internet, or you get pop-up ads that address you by name.
- Your phone bill includes expensive calls to 900 numbers that you never made-probably at an outrageous per-minute rate.
- You enter a search term in Internet Explorer's address bar and press Enter to start the search. Instead of your usual search site, an unfamiliar site handles the search.
- A new item appears in your Favorites list without your putting it there. No matter how many times you delete it, the item always reappears later.
- Your system runs noticeably slower than it did before. If you're a Windows 2000/XP user, launching the Task Manager and clicking the Processes tab reveals that an unfamiliar process is using nearly 100 percent of available CPU cycles.
- At a time when you're not doing anything online, the send or receive lights on your dial-up or broadband modem blink just as wildly as when you're downloading a file or surfing the Web. Or the network/modem icon in your system tray flashes rapidly even when you're not using the connection.
- A search toolbar or other browser toolbar appears even though you didn't request or install it. Your attempts to remove it fail, or it comes back after removal.
- And the final (and most important) sign is: Everything appears to be normal... Yes normal. The most devious spyware doesn't leave traces you'd notice. The best way to be fairly certain that you have most of the spyware/adware off you pc is to do regular scans and to keep your scanning software up to date.
What you must realise is that your computer is never safe... NEVER EVER... hacker/crackers/spyware creators will always be one step ahead of the anti spyware programs. All the anti spyware/adware programs can hope to do is patch the holes left by malicious software