Probably the Best Free Security List in the World

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24. Not recommended software and services

Prisoners on remand (might be useful, but not recommended)

PC Tools Antivirus Free (retired)
Spyware Doctor (retired)
RemoveIT Pro  (too many dangerous false positives)
Winpooch (not compatible with XP SP3)
WIPS (PoC-software, very demanding)
Blue Atom, Mint Security Essentials (low detection rate AV)
Emco Malware destroyer, Mysystemexpert, Malware Eraser (low detection rate AM)
Ultrasurf (probably legitimate, but has some strange behaviour)
SpywareGuard (out-of-date)
SecureIT Free (out-of-date)
Ammyy Admin (used too much by scammers)
IObit Advanced SystemCare (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
IObit Malware Fighter (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
IObit Unlocker (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
IObit Random Password Generator (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
IObit Toolbox (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
IObit Uninstaller  (All IObit programs: probable MBAM database theft)
Norton PC Checkup (False and exagerrated reports)
FSB Antivirus (Beta program with buggy/incomplete features)
BkavHome (no auto-update,outdated,bad international support)
NANO (Beta,buggy features)
Zoner (private beta)
Moon Secure ( engine is outdated ,not under active development,buggy features)
CMC Infosec (dangerous false positives)
SpyCatcher Express (outdated)
WormBlaster (outdated)
CA antispyware (outdated ,not under active development)
Airy Free AntiSpyware (ineffective, BitDefender+Sophos alerts website)
Lavabit (currently shut down)
CookieCuller (outdated)
CYSEC Anti-Virus (multiple detections including by itself)

Low Web of Trust rating

Yet Another Cleaner 
Stop P-O-R-N
Simple Backup Tool
EUREKA Malware Analysis Internet Service
HE - Hardware Read & Write utility

Doing time in jail (not recommended)

NoAdware, StopZilla, SpyRemover (rogues)
Balaji Plus Cloud Antivirus (nonexistant program, multiple lies)
RoboSAM (rogues)

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by ako on 31. March 2010 - 17:15  (46604)

I'm glad if you found the list useful! :-)

by Anonymous on 4. April 2010 - 19:13  (46961)

This is truly a Great list of Software,I use lots of these! I'm a IT Professional, its my second job.
Lots of the security software,and other tools are useful! I have issues sometimes though,with the way people think of software.I've heard many people say well if its "Free" it doesn't always work! That has to be one of the BIGGEST LIES I've ever heard.Many free tools in dozens of software areas can be better and Software that is not free.It's all about Advertising,and Promotion

The other issue is,how people use the computer! All these programs above are great some work better for some than others! Sometimes people use too many of them,once again it becomes more of a "It gives you a good feeling" you're protected or being more efficient and then people's computers start running slow and then they use something else. etc etc! On and on!

I don't even use Anti-Virus,I do regular scans using different tools,and I'm a downloader...But I know how to use my pc,the problem we got here is people being un-educated and spending money when they don't need too.But Gizmos is Awesome and how it informs people! I just think more people need to focus on really understanding software,and 90% of these companies get their money from people who don't want to google or ask a professional,they read blogs and there you go.

I guess its my view on it.

Anyway Great site and Staff

-Easy Pc Repair Inc.

Moderator's Comment : Email address removed because of safety concerns. Please do not post email addresses in your comments

by ako on 4. April 2010 - 22:03  (46975)

These are true words, one can find a freeware for almost any possible purpose!

by Anonymous on 13. April 2010 - 21:27  (47594)

had to reformat after comodo time machine use, tried to restore to earlier time, crashed. winxp sp3 Hp

by ako on 13. April 2010 - 22:24  (47597)

That's sad to hear. On my malware testing machine it has worked flawlessly. Hopefully you had disk image available?

by Anonymous on 16. April 2010 - 18:54  (47795)

Well, I'm speechless! There's nothing else like this the world. I reckon a medal or some certificate of honor is overdue for Gizmo and his team and all who help. This has developed into a stupendous work, seemingly without end. Where would we be without it? And there's a huge bond of trust between us folk and Gizmo and his team, whose honesty and integrity are without question! It's so refreshing to find such open honesty on the Internet riddled with thieves of all types and sizes... Congratulations Gizmo and Company! Bob.

by MidnightCowboy on 16. April 2010 - 20:26  (47808)

Thanks for the kind words Bob. Ako puts a huge amount of time into expanding and maintaining this list, and still finds time to do other things for the site as well. It's always nice when the effort is appreciated.

by ako on 17. April 2010 - 0:22  (47828)

Not to speak about MidnightCowboy, and many, many others!

by Anonymous on 17. April 2010 - 2:31  (47830)

Clam Sentinel's home page is at on source Forge. Sentinel was originally designed for Windows 98 and Windows 2000 machines, but it also works well on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 machines as of today, April 16, 2010. It provides basic file protection, but you should probably use it with an Antispyware/Antimalware program like Windows Defender (real-time) or the free version of SuperAntiSpyware/Malwarebytes, or a behavior blocker like WinPatrol or Threat Expert. I currently use it with Windows Defender, WinPatrol, SpywareBlaster and the free Windows Firewall on my Vista machine. I download all Windows patches, keep ClamWin updated hourly, and set ClamSentinel set to scan in real-time for the 50 most dangerous file extensions. Spyware Blaster is updated once or twice a month and WinPatrol warns me about autostart/hidden files. I do a daily scan with ClamWin. My little security setup seems to provide pretty good protection--all for no cost.



by ako on 17. April 2010 - 21:36  (47862)

now going on!

by Anonymous on 19. April 2010 - 4:01  (47944)

What the ???? this people are great! Thank you so much of the time & effort for putting this on one long page. I really appreciated.


by ako on 19. April 2010 - 8:48  (47952)

Thanks Sheen!

by Anonymous on 21. April 2010 - 11:38  (48126)

You are SPOT ON!
The tools is amazing.
Thanks for sharing such a valuable software's list,i used lots of them which are successfully working,I’ve trying to fix some virus, and your post helped me out a lot.

by ako on 21. April 2010 - 11:44  (48127)

Thanks! :)

by Anonymous on 23. April 2010 - 21:03  (48287)


I would like to point to other free web security scanner. It is called ZeroDayScan. it is a free security scanner working from the cloud.

Best regards

by ako on 23. April 2010 - 21:22  (48294)


by Anonymous on 24. April 2010 - 3:55  (48308)

Wondershare time freeze link doesn't work for me.

by Anonymous on 24. April 2010 - 6:34  (48323)

Due to site politics direct links to executable files and non-green WOT-sites are forbidden. In such cases replace [dot] with . and the link will work.


by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 4:39  (48875)


Everyone needs a hero. Ako you are my hero! Thank you so much for the excellent work you did on this list. I don't know if you make any money doing this, but it is worth paying for, and you provided it for FREE! This is going above and beyond the call of duty. Words can not describe how great this list is, even if I disagreed with everything in it. YOU RULE!!!

by ako on 1. May 2010 - 8:21  (48884)

:) Thank you very much for your kind words. This is just a hobby, but I'm really happy if people feel it helps them to secure their PCs.

by Anonymous on 11. May 2010 - 11:22  (49531)

Your best

by ako on 11. May 2010 - 11:29  (49532)

Thanks! :-)

by Anonymous on 11. May 2010 - 15:33  (49551)

Two more free metadata removal tools:
BatchPurifier LITE =
jStrip =

by Anonymous on 12. May 2010 - 18:13  (49661)

Hi Antti !

Thank you very much for this very exhaustive list ! :-)

GeSWall and DefenseWall seems to be very similar considering their approach.

Could you say why you prefer DefenseWall over GeSWall ?

Thank you.

by ako on 13. May 2010 - 15:56  (49729)

Well, both give excellent protection. I started to use DW due to a free Give-away. (I had tried GesWall free earlier.) I noticed that the developer of DW is very active and gives great support. This means that he corrects bugs very quicly. So DW gives almost always 100% protection. GesWall gets new versions not so often, but in practice it is also almost unbreakable.

You should try both and decide which suits better to you. For average Joe DW might be a bit easier to understand and use.

by ako on 13. May 2010 - 15:56  (49730)


by Anonymous on 14. May 2010 - 16:58  (49786)

Thank you Antti for your answer !

I have investigated a little bit more about GeSWall and I finally saw the table showing the differences between the free and the paid versions of it.

The free version seems to be too restrained compared to the paid version and it seems clear that DefenseWall is better.

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 17:13  (50628)

I found a file system/hard disk monitoring freeware on lifehacker.

Its called TheFolderSpy.
Listed on lifehacker at this page


home page :

by Anonymous on 30. May 2010 - 17:14  (50629)

hey! my html tags are not working!

by Anupam on 30. May 2010 - 18:15  (50632)

Yes, they will not work. We have had some trouble with spammers using code injection... to hide links in their comments. Therefore, for anonymous posters, we have disabled the html code.

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