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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago sbwhiteman

As far as I've seen, independent testing of Spybot has been abysmal. As just one example, PC Magazine concluded, "In testing, it proved almost 100 percent ineffective."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412372,00.asp

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago joeguru Thank you for your comments. I respectfully disagree. The article you quoted was a year old and based on other information at PCMag seemed bias. They don't consider free anti-malware programs effective anymore, so Spybot isn't the only one they have a problem with. Also according to CNET and Softpedia users it's ranked 4/5. Techspot ranked it 4.5/5 in a review dated Nov 2013. There are others. One reason I ranked it so well was in my testing it was the only program that provided real-time protection for free and did a comparable job of removing malware. If you wish to continue the discussion regarding the effectiveness of Spybot or other free anti-malware products, please post a thread in the Freeware Forum. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago Thomas J Thomas

I Use Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware, for On demand scanning and for "Live" protection yes I use SpywareBlastor as well as Spybot in conjunction with Spyware Terminator.

So I think you can see I defiantly enjoyed the article.......However

I was just wondering if there are any reasons why Spyware Terminator was not mentioned.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy Spyware Terminator changed owners a while back. The free version is now crippled and the new owners have a reputation for scam products. This is why their website is red rated by WOT (Web Of Trust). Gizmo's Freeware does not feature products in reviews unless their WOT rating is green. MC - Site Manager. http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pcrx.com?utm_source=addon&utm_content=... view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Wow......well that is certainly an answer.....MC!

If you was to see my computer system.......in all departments you would see a definite pattern of software that is also listed in the relevant sections of Gizmo. Some were a coincidence, as in I had them already or knew about them, and some were defiantly installed after me researching in depth.......including here at the excellent Gizmo Freeware site.

All thou not all my choices are number one at Gizmo, they are at the very least mentioned.This is why I was curious about Spyware Terminator and Gizmo. At the very least I thought our brains where in sync lol.

I shall now do some more research concerning Spyware Terminator, and look for a possible alternative if need be.

I tend to keep my Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware packages separate, but now during some planned research as mentioned above, I shall look into suites as well. Not complete suites such as firewall inclusive, just Anti Virus & Anti Spyware inclusive.

Thanks for you reply and explanation Midnight Cowboy....I believe Gizmo & My computer are now back in sync lol

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy You're welcome. :) All the top free antivirus programs are now broad spectrum so they contain antispyware elements too. I've not felt any need for an additional antispyware program running in real time. I use the free version of WinPatrol to guard against unwanted components such as toolbars that attempt to slip through during software installs and Malwarebytes which occasionally finds something more like adware than spyware which is not classified as malicious by my antivirus program. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago visualbassline

I think it may be useful at this point to inform you of Spybots ENTIRE name. Spybot search and destroy. Doing a simple google search of "spybot" turns up quite a few imposters. If it does NOT say Search and Destroy, it is NOT the real Spybot. I have never had a single problem with spybot and have been using it now for at least 6 years. Its always be a safe, reliable program for me.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 11 months ago joeguru Please refer to the developers website. Technically the product name is Spybot 2.2 Free Edition as there are free and paid versions of Spybot Search and Destroy. Either Spybot or Spybot S&D would be correct, and neither term is exclusively used by the developer. Regarding the Google search, that doesn't really apply here because we provide links directly to the developer. I did a simple Google search for Spybot as you suggested and the first page of search results were all for the correct product, so I can't validate your claim of this being a major issue. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and express your concerns. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 9 months ago Joe A.TT

I'd like to point out you can download Malwarebytes free directly from https://www.malwarebytes.org/free/

Besides which, I try to avoid CNET like the plague.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 9 months ago joeguru Thanks Joe. This will be corrected in the new reviews. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 8 months ago Alanheal

SPYBOT ran on my computer for 40 minutes and found all sorts of problems, but it turned out it WAS NOT FREE. In order for it to remove the problems it had to be purchased for $29.
That's a sort of hustle.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Alan, you might find this thread interesting. MC - Site Manager. http://forums.spybot.info/showthread.php?68603-The-end-of-Spybot view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 8 months ago joeguru Sorry to hear of your experience, however Spybot's spyware removal feature is still free. They have additional features they charge for, however those features were not reviewed in this category. Most of the software in the category have a free and paid component. During the past year or so, Free Anti-Virus programs have incorporated very good spyware removal and anti-malware features and also provide real time protection which most of the programs in this category do not. I recommend you take a look at this category also: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 8 months ago Shasta76

Hi JoeGuru. I have been computing for many years now and never run into any problems with malware, adware, viruses, etc. until............the kids! For some unknown reason, they seem to find it if it's out there! I actually got rid of the last 2 laptops and bought a general use desktop computer for the kids and a higher spec laptop for myself.
Two questions.....as my children are on the desktop is there anything 'extra' that should be added to the PC to give extra security for their use? And, I bought a the new laptop solely for my own use as I am going to University full time but I would like to protect it as best I can. What would be your recommendation for both or either?
My laptop has windows 8.1 and I'm not sure if all software has been updated to operate with this system?.?.?

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to respond to individual support requests here in the comments sections. Please transfer your post to the section of our forum linked below where it will gain better coverage and the responses kept in chronological order. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/ view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago stitch62

I just installed Malwarebytes only to discover that it is really only a free 14 day trial. Did I do something wrong? Is there really a totally free version?

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago joeguru When you install the program, the last window titled Completing the Setup Wizard will give you 3 options. Uncheck the first option to opt out of the trail version. To fix your situation, uninstall the program then reinstall then opt out of the trail version. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago Wolfram

Is there any (free) application able to protect us against the following threats (spyware / malware)?:

CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE - which is used to take over a targeted computer's microphone and record conversations taking place near the device
GUMFISH - which can covertly take over a computer's webcam and snap photographs
FOGGYBOTTOM - which records logs of Internet browsing histories and collects login details and passwords used to access websites and email accounts
GROK - which is used to log keystrokes
SALVAGERABBIT - which ex-filtrates data from removable flash drives that connect to an infected computer.

The above mentioned programs are designed to circumvent all known encryption tools by capturing the information before it's encrypted.

More about these little-monsters, here:

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/12/nsa-plans-infect-m...

What do you advise us to do? How can we protect our PCs against such "impossible to detect menaces"?

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago joeguru We are unable to respond to individual support requests here in the comments sections. Please transfer your post to the section of our forum linked below where it will gain better coverage and the responses kept in chronological order. Thank you. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/ view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 7 months ago Cefto

Malwarebytes was updated to version 2.0.0.1000.

The rootkit scan is now included in the program without an additional download, but it is not enabled by default in the settings. :)

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 5 months ago sera2775

Hello,

In the review of Spybot it said that it offers real-time protection, but with the version I've installed - the latest - this option is only available for the paid product.

Is it possible to get this with the free version?

Thank you

Nick

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 5 months ago joeguru Run the immunization feature. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 5 months ago sera2775

Hi joeguru,

Does this equate to real-time monitoring? or is it something the user needs to update by regularly checking your immunization status?

Thanks

sera2775

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 5 months ago joeguru It used to but apparently things have changed. I will have to review the program again and update the information. However the information currently posted applies to the version reviewed, not older or later versions. Thank you for the feed back. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 4 months ago alex13601 I will review spybot tonight, and let you know. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 3 months ago deborahN

Hi. I had picked up some annoying adware and was trying all sorts of programs to eradicate it.

This adware was opening new windows, telling me my explorer program was out of date (my explorer automatically updates and checks daily)...download now etc. for every other keystroke!!! if it wasn't telling my explorer and or chrome browser was out of date it was telling me my Java or Shockwave or media player was out of date. all to get me to download something.. I did not fall for it. It just made me more determined to find a program to eradicate it.

Norton couldn't find it.
Norton's Power Eraser couldn't find it.
Microsoft's spyware program couldn't find it. (despite a deep scan which took more than 24 hours to complete)
Spybot couldn't find it.

Malewarebytes... I had used up my trial program months ago.. thank you for telling me how to reinstall it and bypass the trial.

Malewarebytes found and removed all the annoying PUPs! and now I am free of this crazy annoying adware along with a few others it found and removed.

Deb

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Good to know you got it sorted, Deb. For future reference, you might like to consider installing the free version of WinPatrol which will alert you to many of these things before they have a chance to take root on your system. http://www.winpatrol.com/ More related information here. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download... MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 2 months ago George.J MalwareBytes Free and Kaspersky Removal Tool wins The AV-TEST BEST REPAIR 2014 AWARD The best antivirus software in terms of repair: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free The best clean-up tool after an infection: Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 2 months ago George.J Guess MBAM's new marketing team is just doing some great stuff out there. :D http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/malwarebytes-appoints-two-new-s... Why would Kaspersky's Removal Tool score higher than it's own suite :| view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 2 months ago wreckage

Has anybody used ADWCleaner? I'd love to see some efficacy tests on that package.
https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

Some good things have been said about it.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Cheers.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 2 months ago Anupam It's not a full fledged anti-spyware. It's target is mostly toolbars, adware, etc. You can read that in the description at BleepingComputer itself. view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 2 months ago BootzLeRu3

I have used ADWCleaner on more than a couple of occasions. I haven't kept a physical copy in order to avoid conflicts with Microsoft's latest system protection technology.

It always works for me, so far. Not sure what happens in the registry. Be careful to get from a clean site.

It's also very quick to install and to do what it does for your immediate problems.

I am probably going to add to my s/w folder for a little while. Just used it last 08/19/2014. It fixed my problem removing browser highjacker istart123. That stuff is nasty.

If you haven't already used it by this msg date, I would advise you to try it and report your results.

Bootzee

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 11 months ago spaarks

Malawarebytes Free identifies very few tracking cookies, even on Threat Scan, whereas Spybot identifies lots. I am using the default settings for both programs.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy Most antimalware programs will not flag tracking cookies because they are neither malware, nor a threat, but a privacy issue. You can control these items with browser extensions such as Ghostery and Privacy Badger. MC - Site Manager. https://www.ghostery.com/en/ https://www.eff.org/privacybadger view
Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 11 months ago spaarks

Ah I see, thanks for the explanation.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 11 months ago spaarks

It seems I was wrong about Spybot, on one hand it is too aggressive in that it appears to delete a lot of saved user names and such like.
On the other hand it missed OpenCandy, SearchProtect, Trovi and Clientconnect - all of which were detected and quarantined by Malawarebytes free edition.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 10 months ago biggerabalone

how about window defender (the original spyware one, not the new antivirus). it comes free with windows 7 (and xp), has auto updates and real time protection and free cleanup. gives download scanning etc.

and i agree with another poster, ADWCleaner is sweet.

(i don't consider malwarebytes an antispyware?? but maybe that's just me)

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 10 months ago tinydancingcat

Just an update here on the SPYBOT listing. SPYBOT no longer provides real-time protection!

You have to buy SPYBOT to get that perk. Spybot will allow malware and spyware to access your computer in the free-ware version. It will only be removed if you scan your system and find it.

Bummer! SPYBOT use to be top of the line. But now they won't protect unless you pay.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 8 months ago Miss Souza

All four of the suggested software tools for removal of adware/spyware in your selection guide require installation on your computer "Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer". I am travelling, have picked up an adware infection that keeps popping up on my computer but I don't have my admin password & ID with me. Is there a tool that I can connect to on-line that scans & will remove it without me needing to install anything as I cant at the moment?

thanks

THis is what Sophos says about the threat

Virus Name: McAfeeGW: Heuristic.BehavesLike.VBS.Exploit.A
File Name: set_inf2.php
Filter Name: HTML Filter

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 8 months ago bo.elam

Hi Miss Souza, you can try ESET Online virus scan. If you run it using Internet Explorer, it will run in the browser. The spam filter in this site blocks the link for it when I post it. Search for the webpage using Google and click the link on the left side. Good luck.

You can also try this tool. Try it first.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/adwcleaner.html

Bo

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 8 months ago Miss Souza

Thanks Bo for your swift response.

Unfortunately the adwcleaner requires me to download & I need administrator priveleges - so can't use it.

Even the ESET virus scan (though on-line) initially requires that I have administrator priveleges to download an active-x control - as stated in the help below:

"Need assistance with ESET Online Scanner?
ActiveX controls are programs that use Microsoft's architecture for running applications through Internet Explorer. The ESET Online Scanner is implemented as an ActiveX control, which means you must first download and install it before the program can be run through the web browser. To install or uninstall the ESET Online Scanner ActiveX control, you must have Administrator privileges"

Any other ideas? - I really appreciate your help

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 7 months ago fred here

USE THE OLDER SPYBOT FREE VERSION 1.6.2.0 WITH TEA TIMER. must have tea timer to have REAL-TIME protection. it downloads up to date definitions in the main spybot window as well as immunizes and scans and fixes (deletes) any found ads. also use adwcleaner. it found a lot that no other software found. thanks for that gizmo. i hadn't heard of it (or just havent used in years and forgot). tea timer is the real deal. i use scotty winpatrol but it is spotty performance. tea timer works every time.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 3 months ago biggerabalone

i think the reviewer was indicating that the immunization feature was the real time protection. and i guess, it kinda is (but not in the traditional way you'd usually think of it - as real time scanning with the engine, etc).

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 4 years 10 months ago bili_39

SpywareBlaster 5.4 has been released!
Changelog:

-Enhanced Google Chrome support
-Enhanced Mozilla Firefox detection & support
-Enhanced Windows 10 support
-Improved detection of Google Chrome.
-Improved support for the latest versions of Google Chrome.
-Improved handling of Google Chrome on Windows XP.
-Improved detection of Mozilla Firefox profiles.
-Improved support for the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox.
-Improved support for the latest versions of Pale Moon.
-Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 4 years 7 months ago ektorbarajas

I used Spybot and noticed that it marked several registry entries (mainly from DBpoweramp music converter) as malware (?), but they are not. and also flagged some bookmarks as malware and they are not.

The software even in the basic mode (not advanced) is very complex to use for the average user.

So I guess that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and SuperAntySpyware are still the best ones

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 4 years 1 month ago AJNorth

SpywareBlaster 5.5 was released on 2016.05.19; here is the changelog:

- Enhanced Windows 10 support
- Enhanced Google Chrome support
- Enhanced Mozilla Firefox support
- Improved Windows 10 Insider builds support
- Improved support for the latest versions of Google Chrome
- Improved support for the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox
- Fixed issue that could have prevented the UI from opening in certain rare cases
- Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago yrralrellim

Excellent review but you say to use weekly and to use only on demand -- what about a free REAL-TIME PROTECTION as opposed to just scanning on demand, IF the user remembers to do the scanning?

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago VetteZr

You constantly show these programs, but it is nearly impossible to find the link and this particular "freeware" has no link at all.

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago eikelein

@Mr. George J.

Dear Mr. George, you write "Portable installer".
That is an oxymoron.
If it has an installer it ain't portable, if it's portable it doesn't need/have an installer.

But more importantly and seriously:
Why are you clameing to look for on-demand scanners only?

Emsisoft full version and Malwarebytes can in their paid-for versions run as full resident AV programs. And they both are WAY lighter on system resources than the functionally overburdened McAffee, Norton and so son crap programs (IMHO at least).

I regularly clean up lots of older machines and see it all the time that slow and sluggish systems start to run "nicely" the moment any of these "big name" systems are finally removed.

And you write about Malwarebytes' "nag screen". Heck, Malwarebytes need to make some money, right?
Had you taken the time to look through the settings you might have found the switch to tell it NOT to start with every Windows startup. So the user gets ONE reminder to upgrade to the for-pay version when he/she starts the on-demand scan once a month. Small price for the fastest and in my experience currently by far best malware scanner out there that never ever has conflicted with Windows Defender and/or MS Security Essentials. Again, only my experience.
YMMV

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy All the program download links are visible and working for me, what exactly are you referring to? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy

Please read the article text. "Second opinion scanners are neither meant to replace traditional antivirus suites nor to be used in real-time on your system". Real-time protection software is reviewed here. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago George.J

You need to click on the name of the Software (eg. Zemana Antimalware) to view the download link or in the "Full review" section. 

 

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago zep321

I may be missing something, but after going to multiple websites ,including the link in your article,I cannot find a free version of this app. Only a 30 day trial version appears to be available. I did find the portable version but that too is a 30 day trial.

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy Which 'app' are you referring to? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago zep321

Oops, sorry MC. Thought I was posting to the specific review. I'm referring to the Zemana Anti malware

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy

As far as I can make out this is the freeware link and I've also changed this in the product details. MC - Site Manager https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Zemana-AntiMalware.shtml
"The free version of Zemana AntiMalware isn't exactly packed with features, but the upside is that new users should have no problems figuring out how everything works. A scan can be launched in just a few seconds, and it will be over almost as quickly. No scanning options need to be configured, as one click is all it takes."

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago George.J

Zemana has a portable version for v2.74 and an installer version for v3.0. I have reviewed v2.74 in this article because it's better than v3.0 which removed some cool features of v2.74, and their creator has left the company, I believe. 

Zemana like other Second opinion scanners here doesn't have real-time protection, which is why it's listed as trial version in download page with an option to upgrade. However scanning and removal of malware is totally free. 

 

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Best Free "Second Opinion" Malware Scanner 1 year 4 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks for the explanation George.J. MC - Site Manager. view
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Best Computer Security Sites 7 years 7 months ago JoeRS

Very useful tools. Thanks for sharing.

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

Was also featured by Vic here. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/protect-your-online-privacy-and-...

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I like that the Badger site offers a FAQ. I'm currently using ABP and Ghostery which it mentions in it's FAQ. I usually shy away from version 1.0 of anything but I will keep an eye on this to see how things develop with future iterations.

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago BillK

As I understand it, Badger is intended to block 'non-consensual' trackers and adverts only. If you want to block ALL trackers and ads then you should stay with ABP and Ghostery and customise the filters to your preferences.

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago MikeR

One of the problems of getting relatives and friends to make their online existence more bearable and less expensive is the innate hesitation so many of 'em have towards anything to do with blocking / filtering / screening / monitoring etc. It's all a bit, well. . . Technical. High praise, then, to The Electronic Frontier Foundation which has obviously worked so very, very hard to legislate for techno-fear by presenting Badger in such a way that it will immediately enamour itself to the user. Thanks to both Rob and Vic for the heads-up. Badger is now installed in my FF browser. Not only is the Badger FAQ a model of simple, friendly, effective communication, so, too, is the walk-through on which new users are invited after installing. Superb.

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago caktus

Hearing about badger here I figure it may be worth looking into. But it's site seems second rate for such basic design, as every time I click on one of the FAQ's, instead of loading down the page it loads "up" the page and I have to scroll down to get to the the text. Not a very promising first impression. I have to figure it's not me as the problem occurs with my IE11, FF 39 and K-Meleon 74. Very rarely do see this problem with other sites with all or any of these three browsers.

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago dabney

How does Privacy Badger compare to, or work with, UBlock?

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Behold The Privacy Badger! 5 years 2 months ago BillK

I have just installed uBlock Origin instead of AdBlock Plus. So far Firefox seems a bit faster. (uBlock Origin claims to use less resources than ABP). uBlock Origin seems to block everything that AdBlock Plus did and uses the same filters. I don't think Badger blocks as much as the more aggressive addons, but that may be an advantage for less experienced users who might panic if a website behaves strangely. I think I'll run with uBlock Origin and Ghostery for a while.

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago Sid in Extremis

Sorry to be negative but that's not exactly brilliant. Some of the stuff is out of date or has been changed by Google so you access it in a different way and there's a load of stuff not covered. Also the font they are using makes it very easy to misread commands such as the required colons after several operators. There are better sites, google's included.

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago eikelein

@Sid:

It would be nice and helpful if you had given any link to what you consider "better".

The way you wrote your comment makes it just negative only.

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago jimf

I just tried what I learned, the google phonebook. It didn't work, and further looking showed they ended it in 2010.

It would be a very helpful page if it were up-to-date.

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 8 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rhiannon... your tips are always welcome & sometimes they vary in importance. Some are diamonds & some are pearls !

For some of the "experts" on this forum, this one may seem ho-hum but to someone like me, who is 70 years old and learning something new everyday... it's indeed welcome.

another variation of "Google" is "Google Scholar".

http://scholar.google.com.au/

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Beginners Guide to Google Search (Website of the Week) 6 years 7 months ago Jero

It sure would be great if people offered useful info and positive critiques instead of whining. Whatever you get at this site is more than you paid for, and it is provided by the kindness of the sysops, who volunteer their time and efforts.

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Become A Graphic Designer In Seconds 3 years 4 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Another excellent find, Rob. Thanks!
My first thought was that the reaction any genuine graphic designer, upon reading the title, would be insulted/amused/scornful (pick one or all three). Still, I don't see any serious marketer wanting a professional-looking design would use one of these template-driven sites. They are more for the cheap (like me) DIY crowd. So graphic designers are still safe... for now.

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago lowndesw

"hidemyass", huh?? Is this an April 1 article??

Seriously, THANK YOU for this and ALL the very helpful, interesting, educational, and exceptional articles!!

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

So, how is this different from any run-of-the-mill VPN/Proxy service?

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago howiem

No joke. https://www.hidemyass.com/ I've used it in the past. It worked OK as a Firefox add-on, but I prefer to use the TOR browser https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en (4.5.1 is latest). TOR is free and now built in to Firefox ESR. It is however kind of slow to load (at least on my notebook). TOR does come with a number of security features including NoScript, HTTPS Everywhere. There is more on TOR at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anonymous-surfing-service.htm

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago jmaloney

I needed this service just a few minutes after I read the article. I tried to use the service in the US to log onto a site from the UK, but as soon as I selected United Kingdom a link appeared that said "Back to free version" and it wouldn't let me use the service. - Jon

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago AJNorth

A while back, I gave a previous version of ChrisPC Free Anonymous Proxy a try and found it useful to be able to listen to geo-restricted BBC and CBC streams from the U.S. -- http://proxy.chris-pc.com/ (as it is ad-supported, be mindful during installation; current version: 6.0, released 2015.04.15).

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago greenmanharper

I tried to use the UK link and was promptly bounced back to the free version. Too bad, it looked promising, but I will have to find another service.

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago Quetzalcoatl

I am afraid, there is a technical detail, with the "WebRTC" leak, even with a VPN, it is possible to detect your real IP Address. Chrome and Opera are specially vulnerable to this issue and there is no patch or solution in sight, the current addons for Chrome do not work.
Try it here : http://ipleak.net/
Firefox can be fixed with an addon or by editing the internal settings

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Be Where You're Not. Fool The Web. 5 years 5 months ago mchldpy

Proxies have been less than bulletproof for awhile. Now with the latest SSL3 exploit it has once again come to light that the NSA has been able to break 1024 for awhile (at least since before 2012) and the DH key exchange exploit made 66% of the VPN servers ripe for de-crypting, if not in real time using precompiled computations then at their leisure since they can/do certainly have more than enough capability to store it now and break it later. At least it appears that regular scumbags can break 512, 768 takes an academic skilled team and 1024 takes a Nation (backed) State of jerkwads to break and the NSA has been capable of this for a minimum of 3 to 5 years so who knows where they are at now you can't REALLY count on any connection being secure, especially when the lag time is 3-5 years or more from when they do something and we start hearing about it or by chance discover it. People feel confident about TOR and VPN's. You know 100% for a fact they are capturing every single packet you send, it can't be very long until they figure out how to break every encryption, after all, we're paying them lots of good tax dollars to do it.

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Be More Efficient and Productive with All the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Ever Wanted to Know 5 years 1 month ago Sgluber

I am a big fan and user of keyboard shortcuts since... always!

This list is amazing, surely I will learn more than I already know... many tks, Vic! :-)

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago danielson

Is Brave browser just as good or better than Epic browser (which i had never heard of before reading a comment on Ghacks) at warding off the prying eyes of those who want to know where we surf and what we search for?
Perhaps they're on an equal on that level, but Epic may have the advantage of being more compatible with Chrome extensions.

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago Australia

Thanks for the recommendation - I had never heard of Brave before
The speed of webpage browsing is very good, and so the ad blocking feature seems to work very well
However...
I installed it in early April 2017, and with only 3 tabs open, the memory usage on my Windows 7 machine was at least 600MB
I then opened my portable Firefox browser, opened 3 tabs, and the memory usage for Firefox was 300MB

My major desire is a browser that protects my privacy.
Speed of loading is also important, as long as this doesnt mean a large memory footprint
Blocking ads is great, but again as long as this doesnt mean a large memory footprint

At this point I will give Brave a chance, but the moment I find the memory usage is compromising my other PC work, it will find another browser that respects my privacy
If Brave can have a smaller memory footprint, then I would switch for all the advantages described above

The author of the program apparently was the cofounder of the Mozilla project, and it looks like he wants to disrupt the current internet business model. The underlying premise of Brave, is "removing websites of most of their ads and all tracking, and replaces those ads with its own.
I see an inherent issue in the long term, just what ads will instead be displayed, and is it a matter of time before Brave advertisers want to track you as well. We will see.

Two quick questions:
Why does Brave, without many features or plugins, still have to use up so much memory ??
What other browsers do NOT track your details or browsing habits, and dont have a huge memory footprint - I am interested to know
(I will check TechSupportAlert reviews for the answer !)

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy

Take a look at Slimjet. "Fastest web browser that blocks all ads and protects your privacy". It's based on Chromium so Chrome add-ons work. It's also cross platform. I use it on Linux (MX-16 x 64) and the speed is the fastest of anything I've tried. Memory footprint is low too. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/oTfnHE7.jpg
https://www.slimjet.com/

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago Sid in Extremis

Seems like an "interesting" way to make money, block the ads that a site needs to make money and replace them with ads that provide income for the browser.

I have no idea about the legality of such practices but ethically it's at best dubious.

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago eikelein

I am asking myself and the community how this might relate to
https://www.howtogeek.com/108384/6-alternative-browsers-based-on-google-chrome/

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago budchekov

I'll second that, incredibly fast/snappy and memory use is so low, compared to other 'chromish' browsers I use, that initially I couldn't believe it !
There's also a Portable version available at their site..

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago classicggma65

Epic browser was recommended to me by a friend...thinking of downloading that one. Not too sure about Brave browser though. Will wait to see if others say it's really as good as it says. There's also CLIQZ Browser which I have downloaded, comes with Ghostery and an ad blocker. Doesn't allow add-ons, which they say, and I agree, is safer. Based in Germany...at least the techs I emailed are. They explained why no add-ons, but did say if there are any security add-ons we think we need, then email them and if they haven't already checked them out, they will at that point. Going to be checking it out for a few weeks.

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago snakyjake

I'm leaning towards Opera or Epic for the VPN. But I assume the VPN is tracking me for advertising purposes, but better than my non-anonymous ISP, with my identity, tracking me.

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