What does Spyware and Adware come from?

Spyware and Adware are two nasty types of software that almost no one wants on their computer. They often come bundled with "free" applications that you may see for download around the web. Popular examples include many peer-to-peer (p2p) applications, divx video codec, and some weather or time updating applications. You may have seen some of these try to install as a drive by download - you surf a web site and may hit some pop-ups and then suddenly a window appears asking you to download and install something without you having specifically asked for it.

What is Spyware and Adware?

Spyware is usually software that gathers personal information about you and can also track things like web sites you like to visit, time you spend online, etc. The information is then sold for a profit. Adware is software that is used to target you with advertisements. If your computer seems to create pop-ups randomly or at web sites that generally don't use pop-ups like yahoo, microsoft, etc. - you may have Adware installed on your machine.

Tips for avoiding Spyware and Adware...

The best way to keep Adware and Spyware off your computer is to maintain the security of your system and only run trusted files. Stay away from "free" Internet downloads and "free" versions of p2p applications unless you read their agreement and know what you are doing. If you use an application that has bundled software with it, consider paying some money to the author to get a 'pro' version that has no bundled software included.

What to do when you have Spyware or Adware...

If your computer is running slow or you are getting a lot of pop-ups, you should check for the installation of Spyware and Adware. Traditionally anti-virus vendors made software that only checked for viruses, but this is starting to change. Many vendors are now starting to look for "expanded threats" - meaning spyware, adware, and other malware that may not be a virus/trojan/worm. Currently the best way to detect spyware and adware is to use specialty applications designed specifically for removing sypware and adware. We recommend two, Spybot - Search & Destroy and Ad-aware. Another program that can protect against ActiveX based software is SpywareBlaster. You can also find additional guidelines on removing this type of software posted at the Zeropaid Forum.

There are many free downloadable programs that help to protect your privacy by detecting PC monitoring tools, keyloggers and also adware mechanisms that may track user activities.

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner is a small and fast scanning engine that scans your system for more than 460 known spyware and adware installation. This includes keyloggers, activity monitors, Tro ...
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SpywareBlaster doesn`t scan and clean for so-called spyware, but prevents it from being installed in the first place. It achieves this by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls, and ...
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Kill2Me is an adware removal tool specifically for the Look2Me adware parasite, which attaches itself to Windows and display pop up advertising. It removes the most recent versions (115, 116, 117 118 ...
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Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy is an adware and spyware detection and removal tool. This includes removal of certain advertising components, that may gather statistics as well as detection of various keyl ...
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Webroot SpyAudit
SpyAudit is a small tool that quickly scans your system registry and hard drive space for thousands of known spyware programs. The results are launched in your browser with detailed descriptions on ...
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Perfect Process
Perfect Process is a spyware/adware shield that protects your computer in real-time from more than a 1000 potential spyware and malware programs. The program can also connect to a network machine and ...
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X-Cleaner Free
XCleaner is a privacy tool suite that detects and removes installed spyware and adware components and includes tools to securely delete files, edit the registry, disable startup programs and more. Ad ...
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HijackThis is a tool, that lists all installed browser add-on, buttons, startup items and allows you to inspect, and optionally remove selected items. The program can create a backup of your original ...
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XP-AntiSpy is a small utility to quickly disable some built-in update and authentication features in WindowsXP that may rise security or privacy concerns in some people. For example, there is a serv ...
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SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against so-called spyware. It works similar to an anti-virus program, by scanning EXE and CAB files on access and alerting you if known spyware ...
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KL-Detector is designed to provide a way to find out whether your activity is being recorded with a keylogger application. It uses the fact that most keyloggers create a hidden log file on your hard ...
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AdAware is a privacy tool, that scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data-mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. It then lists the results and o ...
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