Sep 292008

Spyware is software that is capable of performing certain operations on your computer without your consent, such as displaying advertisements, collecting your personal information, or changing the configuration of your computer.

Other types of unwanted software can alter to your computer with results ranging from minor annoyances to causing your computer to slow down or crash. These programs have the ability to change your Web browser’s home page or search page, or add additional components to your browser you may not need or want. These programs also make it very difficult for you to change

your settings back to the way you originally had them. These types of unwanted programs are often labeled as spyware.

Ad-Aware SE Personal

Ad-Aware is no ordinary anti-spyware, it is the original anti-spyware product, offered to consumers worldwide to protect their personal and home computers from malware attacks. And today, with over a quarter of a billion downloads, computer users put their trust in Ad-Aware more than any other anti-spyware software program.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2003/2000

Download Ad-Aware SE Personal from here

Latest Version :- Ad-Aware 2007


SmitFraudFix is a specialized malware removal tool that is designed to detect and remove SmitFraud rogue anti-spyware and its clones, such as AdwarePunisher, AdwareSheriff, SpywareStrike, AntiSpyCheck, Antispyware Soldier, SpyFalcon and many others.

The program offers a simple console interface. This is a removal tool that can help you clean a computer that has already been infected with one of the parasites, it does not provide any real-time protection.

Supported Versions:- WinXP, Win2K

Download SmitFraudFix from here

Latest Version :- 2.354


BugHunter is a DOS based malware scanner that can detect and optionally remove more than 1300 common malware products. It is designed as a last resort, to be used if your computer is so badly infected with spyware that you are unable to access your desktop or install a full featured malware removal tool. BugHunter is NOT intended to replace or even compete with full featured anti-spyware packages, it cannot protect you from getting infected! Worth a try if all else fails.

Supported Versions:- Win (All)

Download BugHunter from here

Latest Version :- 2.2e

a-squared Free

a-squared Free scans your computer for adware, malware and spyware and their traces and offers to remove or quarantine any found items. It claims to detect and remove more than 440,000 different types of malware. During our test scan we encountered
false detections, and the descriptions or reasons for claimed malware were insufficient, requiring you to perform a web search in order to find out why the program detected the items. It also lacks real-time protection, scheduled scans and automatic updates. Useful as a second opinion but not recommended as primary malware defense.

Pros: Fast scanning

Cons: false positives; lacks real-time protection, scheduled scans and automatic updates; no explanations detected items

Supported Versions:- Win (All)

Download a-squared Free from here

Latest Version :-

Spybot Search&Destroy

Spybot-S&D has long grown a full-time job for me and causes quite a lot of work for our volunteers. I am working hard and it is great fun to do it. Of course all the infrastructure we use causes costs, and I have got to live on something, but at the same time I believe in free software. Therefore I decided to keep Spybot-S&D free and give you the freedom to decide if and how much it is worth to you.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2003/2000

Download Spybot Search&Destroy from here

Latest Version :- 1.6.0

Arovax AntiSpyware

Free anti-spyware program for Windows; sponsored by user forum.

Supported Versions:- XP/2000/NT/9x

Download Arovax AntiSpyware from here

Latest Version :- 2.1.153

Browser Hijack Retaliator

Internet Explorer protection. Prevents IE from being ‘taken over’ by malicious scripts and ActiveX controls.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2000

Download Browser Hijack Retaliator from here

Latest Version :- 4.5.0 Build 471


XP-AntiSpy does not detect or disable spyware in the traditional sense. There are services running by default on many Windows XP systems which some may consider a privacy or security concern. You can disable them on your own, but using XP-AntiSpy you can view and disable these services much quicker and allow you to re-enable them just as quickly if you choose.

Supported Versions:- XP

Download XP-AntiSpy from here

Latest Version :- 3.96-8

Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator is a FREE, easy-to-use and effective spyware remover that provides real-time protection against spyware, adware, trojan horses, keyloggers, browser hijackers and other malware threats.

Spyware Terminator protects your computer through a system of powerful real-time shields, advanced system scanning and a safe quarantine for found spyware.

Our development team is continuously working on extending our spyware database to protect your computer against the increasing number of new spyware threats.

Use Spyware Terminator consistently, and your data and privacy will be protected!

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2000

Download Spyware Terminator from here

Latest Version :-

Spyware Blaster

SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of many so-called spyware, adware and malware programs by disabling the CLSIDs of popular spyware ActiveX controls, and also prevents the installation of any of them via a webpage. This allows you to run

Internet Explorer with Active-X enabled, but it will never download or even prompt you for any of the known ActiveX controls.

All other Active-X controls or plug-ins will work fine. The SpywareBlaster database contains information on these known spyware Active-X controls and can be updated with the click of a button. The application windows displays a list of all controls that it is able to detect (this is not a list of what was found on your computer). The program cannot detect if you have any of the known objects already installed, but if you do, they will be disabled. The program also allows you to take a snapshot of your computer (certain settings) in its clean state and later revert many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2000

Download Spyware Blaster from here

Latest Version :- 4.1

SUPERAntiSpyware (Free Edition)

SUPERAntiSpyware scans your computer for known Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats, and allows you to remove or quarantine them. It offers daily (manual) definition updates, as
well as home page hijack protection and customizable scan options. Furthermore, the program includes a Repair feature that allows you to restore various settings which are often changed by malware programs, but usually not corrected by simply removing the parasite. The free version lacks real-time blocking and protection as well as several other advanced options.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2000

Download Spyware Blaster from here

Latest Version :- 4.21.1004

Rogue Remover

RogueRemover can detect and remove a variety of so-called rogue anti-spyware, anti-virus and privacy cleaning cleaning utilities. These types of applications are known to produce false results in order to solicit sales, use fake awards and questionable advertising to promote an overall inferior product. RogueRemover can currently detect about 400 rogue programs including VirusBlast, VirusBursters and many others. A Pro version with real-time protection and additional features is available for purchase.

Supported Versions:- Vista/XP/2000

Download Rogue Remover from here

Latest Version :- 1.24

EMCO Malware Destroyer

EMCO Malware Destroyer performs a quick scan for more than 7600 malware, adware, Trojans etc. The program lacks the advanced features of other anti-spyware solutions, as well as detailed descriptions or reasons for most of the detected items. It also produced several false positive results during our review. Unreliable as primary choice of protection, but may be useful as a second or third opinion.

Supported Versions:- Win(All)

Download EMCO Malware Destroyer from here

Latest Version :- 4.0

TrendMicro HijackThis

TrendMicro 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 settings and also ignore selected items. Additional features include a startup list report, hosts file manager, uninstall manager and some other tools.

Intended for advanced users.

Supported Versions:- Win(All)

Download TrendMicro HijackThis from here

Latest Version :- 2.0.2

Comodo BOClean

Comodo BOClean protects your computer against trojans, malware and other threats. It constantly scans your system in the background and intercepts any recognized trojan activity. The program can ask the user what to do, or run in unattended mode and automatically shutdown and remove any suspected trojan application. Comodo BOClean currently supports more than 34000 malware items and offers automatic daily updates. Other features include updating via network share, tamper protection and stealth mode.

Pros: Real-time protection; daily updates; network deployment

Cons: No on-demand scanning; unsophisticated interface; not a full-featured malware scanner

Supported Versions:- Win(All)

Download Comodo BOClean from here

Latest Version :- 4.25


Arovax Shield is a real-time protection program that can guard your computer from common threats like spyware, adware and other malware that attempt to make changes to your system. It monitors the auto-start entries, browser extensions and HOSTS
file, and alerts you if any changes are being made to them. In addition, it can block IE hijacks, as well as tracking cookies. The program does not scan for or identify any adware or spyware, however it alerts you of changes that may indicate such a malicious program. You can also choose to block selected changes automatically.

Supported Versions:- Win(All)

Download ArovaxShield from here

Latest Version :- 2.1.95

NSIS Media Remover

NSIS Media Remover scans your computer and removes installed files and registry keys related to NSIS Media, a notorious malware parasite that serves advertising from your computer. The program can detect and remove 100+ dll files as well as CLSIDs, shell extensions and everything else related to the parasite.

Supported Versions:- Win XP/2000

Download NSIS Media Remover from here

Latest Version :- 1.1


EULAlyzer helps you to spot important information in the license agreements that come with most software products – the long text that you should read, but rarely do. The program scans the license agreement and looks for certain `interesting` keywords that may indicate information sharing, advertising bundles or other privacy related issue buried in the license agreement. It then produces an itemized report that allows you to take a close look before proceeding with the installation.

In order to analyze the license agreement, you can copy/paste it into the program, or use a handy drop target to capture the text. An optional Pro version that automates the analysis is available for a charge.

Supported Versions:- Win(All)

Download EULAlyzer from here

Latest Version :- 1.2 personal


Qoofix scans your system for the Qoologic malware Trojan and removes it if found. It uses advanced techniques to remove malicious modules that can hide Qoologic from many other removal tools.

Supported Versions:- Win NT/2000/XP

Download Qoofix from here

Latest Version :- 1.04

X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer

X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer is as a tool to assist expert spyware researchers in quicly analyzing a PC. It performs a quick scan of all active processes, auto-start programs, BHOs, and IE Download Program Files/Plugins, and marks items as Good, Bad or Undetermined. The program does not provide a full, in-depth scan by any means, and is not intended to replace your anti-spyware defenses, but rather to compliment them. X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer is small and portable, you can put it on a USB stick and scan a computer without having to install any software. Since the queries are performed via an online database, there are no signature updates required either. If the program finds a Bad item, you can choose to deactivate it immediately, and also export the results as report.

Supported Versions:- Win 98/ME/2000/XP

Download X-RayPC Spyware Process Analyzer from here

Latest Version :- 1.00

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  One Response to “List of Free Anti-Spyware/Adware Programs for Vista/XP/2003/2000”

  1. Thanks for the great list.
    SpyBot, Ad-Aware and Hijack This are good reliable products that Ive used with great results in the past.

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