anti-spyware freeware

HijackThis – added 11/11/2003

HijackThis, a general anti-spyware homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with almost a dozen other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.

Spywareblaster – added 9/13/2003

SpywareBlaster doesn’t scan and clean for spyware – it prevents it from ever being installed. How? By setting a “kill bit” for the CLSIDs of spyware ActiveX controls, it prevents the installation of any of them from a webpage. You can run Internet Explorer with Active-X enabled, but you will never even get a “Yes/No” box popped up, asking you to install a spyware Active-X control (Internet Explorer will never download or run it!). All other Active-X controls or plug-ins will work fine.

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition – added 3/10/2005

Ad-Aware is anti-spyware designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. With the release of Ad-Aware SE Personal edition, Lavasoft takes the fight against Spyware to the next level.

xpy – added 10/6/2004

xpy is a small software, securing your Windows XP/2003 installation. In addition to so-called anti-spyware features, it disables common security threats and increases your Windows performance.

SiteHound – added 3/15/2006

SiteHound is an anti phishing toolbar that protects you and your computer from phishing, scams, spyware, adware, security risks, viruses and objectionable content while you surf the web.

XP-AntiSpy – added 10/29/2005

The xp-AntiSpy is a little utility that lets you disable some built-in update and authentication ‘features’ in WindowsXP.
For example, there’s a service running in the background which is called ‘Automatic Updates’. I don’t know what this service transfers from my machine to other machines on the internet, especially the MS ones. It is a good practice to play it safe and disable such functions.

PC Security Test – added 10/29/2005

PC Security Test is a free program for Windows that checks computer security against viruses, spyware and hackers. With a few mouse clicks, users can easily control the efficiency of their protection software (anti-virus programs, spyware scanners and firewalls). PC Security Test simulates virus, spyware and hacking attacks and monitors the responses of your protection software. Don’t worry, no real viruses are involved ! After the tests are complete, PC Securtiy computes a security index and provides tips on improving PC security

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