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The Internet is a dangerous place to be in the 21st century. Unscrupulous people using malicious software are finding ingenious ways to access your information or lead you into spending money.  Spyware harvests information from your computer with keylogging and data capture techniques, while adware tracks your browsing habits and tempts you with popup ads related to websites you have visited.  Another less known troublemaker is scumware.  This software attacks websites and changes their advertising, for example changing family friendly links to adult rated links.
With every new generation of malware (adware, spyware, scumware, virus, rootkits, trojans), there will be a new generation of software to combat it.  Gizmo's offers many useful articles and reviews to help today's computer user obtain the necessary tools to combat the virtual foe.  This category will look at adware and spyware removers.  
The following products have been reviewed for this category;
Spybot-Preventor, Remover
SAS (SuperAntiSpyware) - Remover
Malwarebytes - Remover
Spywareblaster - Preventor
Discovery: All of these programs will perform manual scans, but some will not provide real-time scanning protection unless you upgrade to the paid version.  Some are removers, some are preventors.  It was difficult to find a free program that combined all the components.  The winner in this category is Spybot for it's removal and prevention ability in a free program.  SAS found more to remove, however it doesn't offer real-time protection.  

Spybot is a malware remover.  Designed for basic use yet offers complex menus and information for advanced users.  After installation the program will offer to create a Whitelist.  This process indexes files for faster scans and isn't recommended unless the host computer is known to be clearn.  For best results cancel this option, update the software, run a full scan then create a Whitelist if all is clean.   

After updating I ran a quick scan which did not find my test file.  The scan menu offers third party cookie blocking.  The immunization feature interacts with the web browser to warn users of potentially harmful websites.  I tried to install sweetpacks toolbar and spybot put up a warning.  Spybot's full scan will also check for rootkit malware .  Spybot detected the EICAR bogus website the first time, however it didn't detect the bogus malware/virus file downloads.  Spybot also flagged a warning when I clicked on a 7-zip advertisement on C/NET.  Spybot works very well to warn of potential problems with links or websites.  

SuperAntiSpyware aka SAS detects and removes malware. Installation is simple however the install offers a free trial of pro version which I declined. After the program installs the home menu page opens. I ran the quick scan which impressively found 65 tracking cookies and 2 malware files. Other menus provide custom scans, the ability to set trusted items, and exclude folders. There are more options to set specific folders for scanning, doing quick scans and complete scans. The menu screen has a prefences button, but also has check boxes for features only available on the pro version. These boxes are somewhat annoying as they look meaningful but are essentially promo buttons to upgrade. The free version does not provide real time protection. SAS detected the footprint of two EICAR temp files from a previous visit to the EICAR website.

Malwarebytes is a malware detection and removal software. When the program first installs it will ask you if you want to update to the free pro trial, update definitions and launch the program. I selected to update the definitions and launch the program. The program launched with a configuration menu providing the options to peform a quick scan or full scan. I performed the quick scan which surprisingly detected 7 malware files the previous programs failed to recognize. Unfortunately the free version doesn't offer real time protection. Updating definitions is a good feature, and quarantined files can be manually deleted. A history of the logs is kept in an easily accessable history. There are several options for configuring how the program scans but scheduling isn't one of them. Rootkit scanning requires a separate file download.

Note: Malware Bytes uses the CNET website however it does not contain unwanted third party offers.

Honorable Mention: Spywareblaster is a prevention not a removal program but I felt worth mentioning here for it's unique features.

What, no scan feature? That's right because this program doesn't need one. Spywareblaster is all about prevent and protect. Heck this program doesn't even have to run in the back ground. It tweaks some browser security settings, adds some restricted sites and goes to sleep. Wake it up once a week to update the database, update the profiles and put it back to bed, that simple. What kind of program is this? One of the least intrusive yet most powerful malware blockers available. Spywareblaster has the smallest file size of the reviewed programs. The home screen opens letting you know protections are disabled. Run the update, enable the protections and you're done. Use system snapshot to create a restore point in case things go wrong. Spywareblaster is the only program reviewed to recommend this step. The tools option offers customer configurations and flash player blocking. Manually install updates and Spywareblaster will prompt you to reset the protections. The unique feature of this program is its focus to prevent and protect from the installation of adware, spyware and scumware using the web browser rather than perform cleanup or drain system resources by running in the back ground. Like virus definitions, Spywareblaster updates a list of troublesome maleware daily, this is why it's important to run the updates frequently for this program, recommendation is at least weekly. The paid version allows automatic updating.

Quick Selection Guide

Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
real-time protection, protects one or more user profiles
scan didn't detect malware coded file, does not uninstall cleanly
36 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

2.0 Supports IE, Chrome, Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera. Languages: English, German, Italian, Russian. Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2 available for older PCs.
v2.1.21 SR2 released 30 July, 2013
View the malware engine updates here

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple functional menus, good cookie tracker, supports all browsers
Free version doesn't offer real time protection, only scans.
24.3 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Feature limited freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Win 2000 - Win 8

Supports all web browsers. Lanuages; Danish, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.
Supported formats: 32 and 64 bit

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
detected files other programs missed, light and simple
no real-time protection, no scheduling, rootkit scanning requires additional download
9.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 /Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Later

Languages Available: English, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
customizable block lists, doesn't use system resources by running in the back ground, does not affect browser performance or conflict with other software.
not a removal tool, must update protections after updating lists
4 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8.

Supports Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Seamonkey, Pale Moon, K-Meleon; and browsers that use the IE engine, including: AOL web, browser, Avant Browser, Slim Browser, Maxthon (formerly MyIE2), Crazy Browser, GreenBrowser


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by MidnightCowboy on 24. April 2012 - 4:48  (92505)

You make a good observation admrich about how to categorise these other products. Currently, we prefer to stick with the existing classifications if for no other reason than to avoid adding even more confusion into the minds of average folk who make up the bulk of our readership.

Some products claim to be complimentary but still provide a list somewhere of likely conflicts which 95% of users won't read before installing them. There are other products too such as Returnil System Safe Free which is a virtualization program, but also with a real time guard.

On balance, average users will be better served by using one of the single broad spectrum products listed in our Best Free AV review, together with a secondary passive scanner. Other layers such as possibly the addition of a firewall + HIPS, DNS filter and site rating agent (WOT) are worthy of consideration, but IMO loading up with additional programs running in real time is unlikely to increase protection.

by Anupam on 24. April 2012 - 8:20  (92512)

I think that if an anti-spyware offers realtime protection, it can be included in the same review here. After all, the review is about anti-spyware. It just so happens, that the free software in this category do not offer realtime protection, and reserve it for their commercial versions. So, if a free anti-spyware does offer realtime protection, it will indeed be welcome.

The anti-spyware software do differ from antivirus software, and so they are placed in different categories, and it should be that way.

I do believe however, that the trojan remover category, and this one, can be combined though. They have almost the same software.

by admrich on 24. April 2012 - 9:55  (92516)

They may have same or similar software but also have different & specific roles & functions - Adware, Spyware & Scumware are quite distinct from Trojans.

This maybe semantics, but as stated already what your asking for is really something that should certainly exist in a primary/broad/general AV Suite.

Many of these categories are realistically tools to facilitate cleanup functions upon hardware not normally covered by your Primary AV Suite or worse still compromised machines.

We should possibly clarify what your aim/target is?

by MidnightCowboy on 24. April 2012 - 9:27  (92513)

We still need to bear in mind though that the core title here refers to "best Remover" which can be very different to "protector".

by Anupam on 24. April 2012 - 9:39  (92514)

Ah! That's just linguistics... maybe because there are no free anti-spyware with realtime protection, that's why such a title.

I don't think we should crop up another category of anti-spyware which offer realtime protection, or put them in antivirus category, just because they have realtime protection. Both of the above dont make any sense.

The title can of course be changed, with the "remover" removed, to fit in the software with real-time protection.

by admrich on 24. April 2012 - 10:04  (92517)

As per previous responses, any broad general AV Product should already perform Resident/TSR/Real-time scanning & a category already exists for these.

NB Having multiple Real-Time/TSR apps running is a huge performance hit as with AV Products they have to intercept & filter all I/O requests including Disk, File, eMail, Web Protocols + more at the lowest possible layer.

by Anupam on 24. April 2012 - 12:37  (92524)

This comment should cover my response to both your recent comments.

From what I understand, it looks like that you want to place software with real-time protection under the AV category. But, I don't understand this point.

There is a reason that some software are classified as antivirus, and some as anti-spyware, anti-adware etc. Its because they target different malware. Antivirus and anti-spyware(and the likes), can all be called as anti-malware in broader terms. However, they are still classified as anti-spyware, and antivirus when it comes to differentiation. Its because anti-spyware target the malware that spy on your computer and data.. hence spyware... whereas the antivirus target the virus, which cause disruption on the system, and are different than spyware.

Like you said that there is a difference between spyware, and trojan... similarly there is difference between spyware and virus. And hence, different categories.

So, my point is that just because a software has real-time protection, does not mean that it should automatically be placed in the AV category. Yes, the AVs have real-time protection, but they still remain antivirus targeting virus. Whereas, even if an anti-spyware has real-time protection, it essentially remains an anti-spyware, and therefore should be placed in the anti-spyware category, and not in the AV category.

Its true that nowadays AVs can catch some spyware too, but for the most part, they target virus... and therefore, software such as MBAM, SAS etc still exist as anti-spyware, otherwise they would cease to exist. Now, if in future, MBAM provides real-time protection in the free version too... it would still be placed under the anti-spyware category, right?

I hope you understand the point that I am trying to make here.

Anvi which was suggested by the user above, essentially is an anti-spyware, and therefore, belongs to this category only, and not the AV category.

I do agree with you that multiple security software with real-time protection would slow down the system quite a lot, specially, on older systems. However, the anti-spyware with real-time protection generally are meant to compliment the resident antivirus, and as they primarily target different malware, they should not conflict with each other. Only thing is the machine should be able to handle that much of load.

by admrich on 24. April 2012 - 15:11  (92545)

Hi Anupam

Feel free to run more than one Real-Time security application on any of your machines, as indicated already a well-selected single broad AV App should easily cover all of the discussed roles very well these days.
If it doesn't, then you need to review your well-selected single broad AV Application.
FYI if you're using AVs that "for the most part target viruses" you do need to understand what most better AV suites these day can & actually do perform.

Also indicated already, multiple real-time applications definitely do have a performance impact as all the various I/O activities that the real-time apps are filtering/monitoring/securing/protecting are passed in turn (sequentially, not concurrently) to each real-time app. This was quickly learnt back in early AV days (early nineties ?!). The performance impact is one of the metrics tested/measured when evaluating AV Suites.

On top of the noticeable performance hit the additional app(s?!) provide very little, if any(?), additional protection.

"On balance, average users will be better served by using one of the single broad spectrum products listed in our Best Free AV review, together with a secondary passive scanner. Other layers such as possibly the addition of a firewall + HIPS, DNS filter and site rating agent (WOT) are worthy of consideration, but IMO loading up with additional programs running in real time is unlikely to increase protection"

Back to semantics again, this Category is specifically Best Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover which is simply best apps/tools (mostly passive) to detect & remove Adware-Spyware-Scumware as opposed to Anti-Spyware/Adware/Scumware which are apps/tools to secure & protect (RealTime) clean machines & prevent (RealTime) them from being compromised which is more what AV now does & has done for a while.

I see the Category more as a pointer for tools for cleaning already compromised machines rather than utilties or suites to secure & protect clean machines which I think is what you're saying it should be.

by Anupam on 25. April 2012 - 6:38  (92573)

If most modern day AVs should be able to provide protection from all kinds of malware, then I don't understand why software such as MBAM, SAS are still there. The only software that I know of that effectively removes virus and spyware alike is Emsisoft Anti-malware. Otherwise, AVs do miss most of spyware, and anti-spyware do miss most of virus, as far as my knowledge goes.

Anyways, it seems like you want to focus more on remover software in this category, as the "title" suggests. So, if Anvi in future is considered worthy enough, then I think a new category has to be created, of "Best Free Adware Spyware Scumware Protector and Remover"... because obviously, it won't fit into the AV category, since its not an AV.

by admrich on 25. April 2012 - 9:21  (92584)

Hi Anupam

MBAM & SAS + others serve excellently as tools for cleanup of compromised machines with old or poor AV protection.

NB Do you mean the only Free Software that you know of.

I'm not aware of too many AVs that miss most spyware & this includes Free products. Spyware/Malware/Scumware removers act as passive scanners as backups to good AVs & also as tools for maintenance & cleanup.

The issues facing us are -

a) what AV product you have running & how well it does a variety of tasks.
b) What activities you use your PC for & potentially how exposed it is to compromise.
c) Defining those compromises &
d) where your AV product may not cover them have supplement products with procedures in place to reduce or close your exposure.

This category as I understand it covers some of d) but not a) which is a separate category.

How well AV Products do a variety of tasks & what those tasks should be is certainly contentious.

by Kzo (not verified) on 25. April 2012 - 1:03  (92564)

I must disagree that an AV/ Real Time antimalware combination is redundant. Two years ago I visited a website which deposited a toolbar installer to my computer. Avast totally missed the installer yet Spyware Terminator caught it. I no longer use either of these (ST has always been a weird program with up and down reviews- yet that time it DID work) but lately have been wondering about a RT antispyware to augment my current AV. That's why the question.

by admrich on 25. April 2012 - 6:20  (92571)

I suspect in your circumstance 2 years ago a site rating agent such as WOT also would have assisted in helping you to avoid the site or at least treat it with more caution.

Although most AV solution providers cooperate well with each other in alerting about new threats & resolving them they do seem to vary somewhat in definitions/categorisation of these threats.

Better products/solutions which do categorise them well also allow you to configure how to actually action them.

by George.J on 8. June 2012 - 8:08  (94558)

Yes, I totally accept your point of view. It's not a good practice to run 2 more real time security programs on your computer. Not only there would be a dip in performance, they can also conflict each other. The AV's today are able to capture most of the spywares that Antispywares with real time protection can. The only factor that determines this is if you want to allow your antivirus to enable detection of potentially unwanted programs. The so called toolbars are essentially not malicious, they are sometimes installed on purpose by certain people, and therefore they don't want their antiviruses to detect them as malware. Hence most antiviruses now come with detection of PUP's but they are usually disabled by default.

If you have enabled detection of PUP's in your AV, then it should be able to defend your system against rogue software, adware (browser hijackers) and spywares (keyloggers), remote control tools, network sniffers, ftp servers etc to a certain extent. If these files appears on your system, without your knowledge, it means that you've been a victim of the malware. The toolbars are actually opt-in or opt-out, it's upto the user to determine whether he wants it on the system or not. So, after all it's not that AV's are not able to detect them - the question is whether the user actually wants these PUP's to be detected, because they are not bad per se, only if abused.

But where these Anti-Spywares shines is that, they are much better than an Antivirus in removal capabilities, that is once your system gets infected by spwares and the like. That is why most tools that you use to cleanse your system after an infection include anti-spywares like MBAM, HijackThis, Old Timer and even anti-rootkits like GMER etc and not an AV.

So I believe this category should be about "Removers" rather than "Real time Protectors"

by MidnightCowboy on 25. April 2012 - 5:04  (92568)

You are correct that the main advantage for this type of program is to pick up the PUP's (potentially unwanted programs) some mainstream solutions might miss because either they don't regard them as malware, or their heuristics are not programmed to spot this kind of activity. Rather than run a heavy RT program like Spyware Terminator though, IMO WinPatrol which is much lighter and a lot less intrusive would be a better option.

by Kzo (not verified) on 26. April 2012 - 22:12  (92649)

I do use WOT. Interestingly, it was an Education website that deposited the installer. Coincidentally, it was from an Education website that I received the only virus I've ever detected...

A HIPS/ Status guard program like WinPatrol is very good (I use Threatfire now), but I like to think of these malware like STDs: First, if I can avoid putting myself in the position to catch one (by not visiting a site), excellent. Second, I'd prefer to be protected from the exposure (Real-Time) rather than have to treat the symptoms later! :D

Didn't mean to co-opt the comments section. Regards

by MidnightCowboy on 27. April 2012 - 5:31  (92671)

A sound policy. Your input is appreciated.:)

by sicknero on 17. April 2012 - 18:19  (92218)

*A Cautionary Tale*

It started this morning, when uTorrent didn't want to open a torrents folder for me, saying "Contains Dangerous Files" ... That's odd, I thought. Avira and Comodo and Malwarebytes haven't picked anything up.

But I came on here anyway to check out the latest word on malware scanners, and decided to try out some different ones, ideally stand-alone scanners.

For some reason I decided to install AdAware first. Oh dear oh dear.

I remember trying it about a year ago, and moving rapidly on because it seemed to slow my system down something awful, but I thought I'd give it another go anyway.

After the usual installation dithering (should I tick or untick this box if I DON'T want another toolbar or a new home page or search engine...), things got off to a bad start when I discovered that despite downloading the 'freeware' version, you still get lumped with a 31-day trial of the full featured commercial version. I couldn't find a way to decline this, and didn't find it out until the prog ran either.

So. I opted for a full system scan anyway ... talk about slow! It was up to 4 hours and wasn't even halfway through my system drive, before I decided to halt it. Granted it seemed extremely thorough, unpacking everything, but even so ...

(Also to be fair I was running OpenOffice and Firefox at the same time with Process Lasso, which probably slowed it down a bit...)

Anyway, I decided to uninstall it, and that was where the real problems began. Unbeknown to me, AdAware had for some reason created a whole new set of network drivers and bypassed the Realtek ones, no doubt as some kind of firewall setup (part of the commercial package which I didn't want anyway).

So I uninstalled the prog, using Comodo Programs Manager, and at the point where AdAware wanted to reboot to complete the uninstallation, I selected "Later" and instead allowed Comodo to do its post-uninstall clean up. That I think, was a big big mistake...

On rebooting, no network. I checked Device Manager to find four AdAware network drivers not working, and couldn't for the life of me get the standard Realtek one to work. After half an hour of faffing (and unable to google the topic of course) I gave up and just restored my C Drive. (Thank you Paragon!)

So the point of the story?
I don't know if the problem was caused by my running Comodo Programs Manager clean-up, instead of allowing AdAware to reboot and finish the uninstallation. I'm guessing that was the mistake, but I'm not going to reinstall it just to find out. :-) But I think it was a good lesson on the subject of registry and temp-file cleaning...

by admrich on 17. April 2012 - 20:39  (92222)

Any reason for opting for AdAware over MBam or SAS.

We're your MBam definitions up to date?

4 x AdAware drivers ?? When this became a problem were you able to revert to previous driver in Device Manager at all ??

Yes, very true regards AdAware's scanning taking a while & being resource hungry.

by sicknero on 17. April 2012 - 21:34  (92223)

Hi ... no particular reason, no. My original intention was to install a selection - AdAware, SAS, MBam etc, and see how they all performed. But the AdAware thing ended up taking my whole day :-)

The drivers issue ... yes. They were definitely added by the AdAware installation - part of a firewall set up seems like the most likely explanation to me - and all with a proprietary name ... "Sun.." something, I forget now. But I'm tempted to do it all again and take a couple of screenshots. Although I don't think it's possible to post images here?

Yes, I suppose with more effort I could have restored the Realtek driver, but AdAware also disabled Comodo Firewall, so what with that and the drivers thing, it just felt safer to wipe my C Drive and restore it from a Paragon image. I keep a fresh and clean W7 partition image for just such occasions. It's a lot less painful than reinstalling W7 from scratch.

by MidnightCowboy on 18. April 2012 - 5:44  (92231)

This might be wide of the mark for a variety of reasons, but are you sure these firewall drivers were actually deposited by AdAware? I say this because neither the free or pro versions of the AdAware we feature has a firewall. Their "Total Security" package does, but unless they've changed it, they use their own Lavasoft firewall component for this.

The other reason this prompted my comment is your use of the word "Sun.." and I was wondering if you've also been trying out other security products? I mention this because the free version of UnThreat, although not containing a firewall, still installs the firewall Driver, and the code they use is from Sunbelt. This has been commented on before as being left behind and then conflicting with new installs of other network related software.

by sicknero on 18. April 2012 - 10:10  (92238)

That's very interesting ...

True, I didn't look in Device Manager before trying AdAware. And "Sunbelt" definitely might have been the name (I wish I'd written it down now haha..).

But I've never heard of UnThreat, and I'm not in the habit of trying a lot of different security apps. CFW, Avira, and Malware Bytes are the only three I use, until today... I'm just now trying out SAS and Emsisoft.

So I'm very curious now ... curious to the point of re-installing AdAware to see what happens. I'll post here afterwards. Naturally I'm hoping I can repeat the whole thing, because if not, that'll just be weird :-)

(Interestingly SAS, Emsisoft, MBAM and Avira have all checked, and pronounced clean, the torrents folder that initially led to my trying out some new scanners. So I still don't know why uTorrent felt that it had to warn me about dangerous files. Maybe it's a community thing like in Free Download Manager.
I expect there's a uTorrent-ish thread on here somewhere, I'll see if anybody else has had this experience.)

by Brolly (not verified) on 2. March 2012 - 9:17  (89800)

For me personally Superantispyware always gets rid of a lot of tracking cookies which both MBAM and EAM both don't pick up. However, the latter two both pick up the more serious stuff such as trojans etc. with Emsisoft in first for me.

by Anonymous1234 (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 4:51  (89840)

CCleaner can delete tracking cookies, including the flash super cookies. I don't think tracking cookies are considered adware, spyware or even fit into the general category of malware. I don't know of any reputable testing site that includes tracking cookies in the test data set.

by Brolly (not verified) on 3. March 2012 - 14:18  (89857)

That is an interesting point. Next time I plan on doing a SAP scan I'll run ccleaner first and see if anything turns up.

by Anonymous1234 (not verified) on 4. March 2012 - 6:29  (89888)

I believe if you want CCleaner to clean flash cookies you may have to make a path for that...not 100% sure. But all my flash cookies are cleaned with my settings, just don't remember if I had to make special settings or not. Maybe the periform forum has some info?

by admrich on 3. March 2012 - 0:18  (89833)

Good comment.

I guess the response to tracking cookies is a personal call & depends on how your browsers are configured for cookies plus how often you may visit/use the sites that utilise the offending tracking cookies.

by admrich on 2. March 2012 - 4:00  (89788)

Spyware Terminator has now been removed from this review.

They have now been taken over and the website redirects to one with a red WOT rating.

by Anonymous1234 (not verified) on 31. March 2012 - 5:09  (91464)

PCRx is a product of Crawler, so is SpywareTerminator.

by Raza (not verified) on 1. March 2012 - 18:39  (89772)

I have tried Ad-Aware, Malware Bytes both......but they didnt detect an adware shit that appears whenever I visit ANY website.....its something like Clicksor & Social Buzz ad service thing...!
its so freakin annoying !!!

Can anyone of you suggest me any useful tool ???

by admrich on 2. March 2012 - 4:09  (89789)


are you able to supply any more details?

What you've indicated so far shows -

a) your browser is affected ? 1) which browser? 2) are other browsers affected?

b) whenever you visit any site, adware of some description appears somehow 1) can you indicate if it is a popup or a redirection? or ? 2) are you able to get to your intended url somehow after the annoying adware is dispensed(?) with?

c) have you tried anything other than just MBAM & Ad-Aware ? ie Spybot S&D, SuperAntiSpyware ?