Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Free Tools for Removing Spyware, Adware, and Malware

If you have been on the Internet for any length of time, you've probably ran across the topic of spyware, adware, or malware. This is software that has installed on your computer, many times without your permission, or accidentally by clicking on a popup ad, etc. The problem with these programs is they will slow your computer down, make changes to your desktop, homepage, search page, load programs into your taskbar tray and otherwise get in the way.

You can run a free removal program to remove these infections, Listed below are the best freeware programs available on the Internet for removing spyware, adware, and malware :

Adware and Spyware Removal
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE 1.06

Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4

Microsoft Windows Defender

Ewido Anti-Malwarea² (a-squared) Scanner

Preventing the Installation of Adware and Spyware
SpywareBlaster 3.5.1SpywareGuard 2.2

Specialized Removal Programs
About:Buster - Removal of CWS HomeSearch Hijacker or res:// hijacker

CWShredder 2.19 - CoolWebSearch Removal Tool from Trend Micro

Elite Toolbar Remover

Kill2Me - Removal of Look2Me infections

OmegaKiller for removing hijackers likeOmegasearch.com Prosearching.com. Search200.com. Mysearchnow.com. Searchexe.com

Helpful Tools for Investigating Adware and Spyware Infections
HijackThis 1.99.1 by Merijn

SysInternals Process Explorer

Sysinterals RootkitRevealer

TCP/IP and Winsock Repair Utilities for Windows XP and 2000
LSPFix by Cexx.org

Winsock XP Fix

XP TCP/IP Repair utility

IEFix Utility for correcting Internet Explorer problems

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