Saturday, April 01, 2006
KEEP YOUR PC FREE FROM Spyware, Adware, Browser Hijackers, Dialers . . .
A survey conducted by Internet service provider America Online found that 20 percent of home computers were infected by a virus or worm, and that various forms of snooping programs such as spyware and adware are on a whopping 80 percent of systems. Despite that, more than two thirds of home users think they are safe from online threats [PC WORLD]. The chances are even higher of your computer being infected if connected to the internet.
So here's a list of free anti-spyware tools to keep your pc safe :
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4 : It can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Though no tool is a cure-all, Spybot is a powerful antidote to many ills. In addition to finding and deleting spyware, Spybot can continuously monitor your system for changes, giving you an opportunity to permit or disallow critical Registry modifications before they happen.
Don't forget to enable the Immunize option in spybot , it will protect your pc before threats find their way to your system.
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal : Another reliable tool, Ad-Aware scans your PC for spyware, uncovering digital snoops that lurk in memory or on your hard drive. The free version performs on-demand scans only, not continuous monitoring. But Ad-Aware catches some programs that Spybot misses (and vice versa).
Microsoft Windows Defender :Yes, you do need another antispyware application. Though this beta software (formerly known as Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware) expires on December 31, 2006, it's worth downloading. Microsoft's tool catches spyware that other programs don't--including the dangerous rootkit carried by some Sony music CDs that were released last year.
SPWARE BLASTER 3.5.1 : SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents it from ever being installed. By setting a "kill bit" for spyware ActiveX controls, it can prevent the installation of any spyware ActiveX controls from a webpage. It does this while not interfering with "friendly" ActiveX controls - so your browser can work correctly and you can have peace of mind. You won't get any more annoying "Yes/No" boxes popped up, asking you to install a spyware ActiveX control. In fact, Internet Explorer will never even download or run the spyware ActiveX control. In addition, it can prevent many of these spyware ActiveX controls from running, even if they are already installed on your system.
Most experts recommend using two or three different anti-spyware programs to find and remove as much spyware as possible from your computer.