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SpywareGuard (out-of-date)
SecureIT Free (out-of-date)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BkavHome (no auto-update,outdated,bad international support)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Moon Secure ( engine is outdated ,not under active development,buggy features)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SpyCatcher Express (outdated)
WormBlaster (outdated)
CA antispyware (outdated ,not under active development)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CookieCuller (outdated)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 J_L on 30. May 2010 - 18:16  (50633)

Norton Security Scan cannot remove anything, and the Google Pack version is gone.

by ako on 31. May 2010 - 6:58  (50686)


by ako on 31. May 2010 - 7:03  (50687)


by Anonymous on 31. May 2010 - 21:45  (50744)


a suggestion:

most users, like me, would not be able to draw benefit from this great list for lack of time. So i would recommend that you take a category, decide the best one, and post it here so that one can try it.


by ako on 1. June 2010 - 5:59  (50767)

"The products for each category are listed with the best free products first (non-free products are always at the bottom of each category), as judged by me. My current choices for real-time protection on my XP desktop and Vista laptop have been marked with ►. Other noteworthy products used by me have been marked with ♦, and my favourite malware detection/removal tools with ⇒."


by Anupam on 1. June 2010 - 6:38  (50773)

It is the extensive list, which makes this article popular, worthy and unique.. there is no question of shortening it :D.

by Anonymous on 4. June 2010 - 10:17  (51031)

may be we should add for Anti-phishing/malware browser plugins: - seems to be promising!?

What do you think?

by ako on 4. June 2010 - 11:47  (51039)

Seems good :) Thanks! Added.

by MidnightCowboy on 4. June 2010 - 12:23  (51046)

Is this still in closed beta or has it been released yet?

by ako on 4. June 2010 - 12:56  (51064)

soon released

by Anonymous on 4. June 2010 - 19:20  (51277)

Hi Ako, I have been following this list since it was started, it has been a priceless asset to me.

NortonDNS is in beta and from my experience with it, it blocks 7/10 websites on MDL (for me at least). Seems to be just as fast as any other DNS.

Cheers mate! Si vis pacem, para bellum.

by ako on 4. June 2010 - 19:41  (51281)

Thanks pal! I'll add this good hint to the list. I'm happy to hear you've found this list worth using.

Si vis pacem, para bellum! :-)

by Anonymous on 9. June 2010 - 21:22  (51772)

Off the wall idea, how about a section of anti-virus/malware/cloud programs that can run alongside a main antivirus? Immunet for example. Would take some time to dig up those than can do such a thing, but heck, just an idea.

Cheers mate!

by Anonymous on 10. June 2010 - 4:18  (51796)

Not a bad idea. I'll think about it :)

by J_L on 10. June 2010 - 4:50  (51800)
by ako on 10. June 2010 - 7:15  (51807)


by ako on 10. June 2010 - 7:23  (51809)

I added "Anti-malware (Can be run alongside with an AV):" :-)

by ako on 10. June 2010 - 10:21  (51817)

I moved Clamwin Antivirus there, as it works with other AV. Any other?

by J_L on 11. June 2010 - 2:25  (51879)
by ako on 11. June 2010 - 7:19  (51892)

:-) another good hint!

by Anonymous on 11. June 2010 - 22:23  (51938)

Thanks!!!! :D

by J_L on 11. June 2010 - 23:48  (51941)

A-squared Free does not seem to be available on the Emsisoft website anymore. The download link redirects to Emsisoft Anti-Malware 5, which does have a restricted free license, but is bloated nonetheless.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2010 - 0:57  (51944)

OperaTor changed to "Operator". The new version lacks Tor/anonymity. It's now just a portable Opera browser.

by Anonymous on 12. June 2010 - 7:26  (51960)


by Anonymous on 12. June 2010 - 7:26  (51961)

It is now Emergency...something. I'll check this.

by AlanMcAlan on 13. June 2010 - 19:12  (52037)

Under Browser Tests > Browser security (java). It seems that Jason no longer hosts the Browser Security test, thus the link is broken.

Cheers mate!

by AlanMcAlan on 13. June 2010 - 19:18  (52038)
Comodo Disk Encryption

Not sure what section it would fit in, it does a little of both I think.

by ako on 13. June 2010 - 20:49  (52045)


I made new title: disk encryption

by Anonymous on 14. June 2010 - 0:07  (52060)

Oh, as far as I know, Comodo Encryption can make virtual drives as well!


by ako on 14. June 2010 - 6:07  (52076)

Commented :)

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