Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover

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Introduction

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.

With every new generation of malware (adware, spyware, 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
  • SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS) - Remover
  • Malwarebytes - Remover
  • SpywareBlaster - Preventor

Discovery: All 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 its removal and prevention ability in a free program. SAS found more to remove, however it doesn't offer real-time protection.

 

Rated Products

Spybot  

A malware remover designed for basic use yet offers information for advanced users


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Real-time protection, protects one or more user profiles.
Scan didn't detect malware coded file, does not uninstall cleanly.
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SUPERAntiSpyware  

Detects and removes malware without real-time protection in the free version


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Simple functional menus, good cookie tracker, supports all browsers.
Free version doesn't offer real time protection, only scans.
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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free  

Malware detection and removal software but the free version doesn't offer real time protection


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Detected files other programs missed, light and simple.
No real-time protection, no scheduling.
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SpywareBlaster  

Prevent and protect from the installation of adware, spyware and scumware


Our Rating: 
3.5
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
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.
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Nice suggestion MC. Didn't know such a service existed myself, so I've learned something new too ;).

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70 (free version) named "Editors Choice" for free removal-only antivirus by PCMag.com. See:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415255,00.asp

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