- To effectively remove spyware,
malware and the various pests or parasites, now identified
collectively as "x-ware" you should run more than just one anti-spyware
program. Today most ISP's (Internet Service Provider's i.e., AOL,
AT&T Yahoo!, and MSN) provide anti-spyware, please be advised the
program they provide will not eliminate all types of "x-ware".
- The most common indicators that
your system is infested with "x-ware" are extremely slow
performance, nonresponsive applications (you
click on an icon to start an application and nothing happens),
and altered website links (you
click on a link to a particular site and you wind up at an
unfamiliar site or a site other than the one you selected).
- To ascertain the most effective
virus protection be certain your anti-virus or system security program is updated on,
at a minimum, a monthly basis. Most if not all anti-virus programs
optionally provide an auto update capability, be sure to enable it.
- A good place to go to get "safe"
tools is C-net's download.com, http://download.cnet.com/windows/.
FREE X-WARE PROGRAMS
Designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining,
aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional
Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.
SystemCare (Free version) Highly
This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning
and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The
interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it
easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs
on start-up) and doesn't confuse you with multiple steps.
The Maintain Windows section focuses on four areas
of maintenance: spyware removal, Registry cleaning, a privacy sweep, and
deletion of junk files. The Diagnose System button provides system
optimization tools, detects spyware, defragments your disk, and scans
for hijacked Windows settings.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a surprisingly
effective freeware antimalware tool. It's a relatively speedy malware
remover, with the quick scan taking about 8 minutes even with other
high-resource programs running. The heuristics engine proved on multiple
computers during empirical testing that it was capable of determining
the difference between false positives and dangerous apps.
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware
files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and
Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you
share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to
the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your
system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry
inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program
installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers,
dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox.
actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE
and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known
spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch
Protection - prevent spyware from being download in Internet
Hijacking Protection - stop browser hijacking activity in real-time
& Neutralize Spyware.
& Neutralize ADware.
& Neutralize Viral infections.
& Neutralize Unwanted IE Add-Ons.
& Restore File Type Changes
Filter Unwanted Cookies.
Start Page Hijacking.
HOSTS file changes.
Multiple Tasks that replicate each other, in a single step!
programs that repeatedly add themselves to your Startup List!
and Remove the most Stubborn Infections
Centralized management console
Benefiting from previous experience, the new BitDefender Free
Edition was designed with a centralized management console, which
allows protection options configuration for all BitDefender modules.
It is enough to open the
management console in order to have access to all modules: Virus
Scan, Scheduler, Live! Update, Quarantine, Reports.
On demand scanning - Powerful scan engines ensure detection and
removal of all viruses in the wild every time you need it.
You can schedule the checking of your system at any time,
periodically, without any other intervention.
With just a right click you can check your files and folders.The
seventh generation of BitDefender allows you to customize your
anti-virus product, so you can make it yours.
AVG Free Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection
tool. AVG Free is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of
The FREE version of
Outpost Firewall offers a basic protection solution for casual web
surfers and low budget systems. Please note Agnitum does not provide
personal Support Service or any other advice via email for Outpost
Basic Firewall Protection
Standard packet and application filtering safeguard your
computer from unwanted communications.
Lets you see network activity in real time, to help
define inappropriate connections and close them right away.
Maintains your privacy on the Internet, keeps browser
protected from Internet dangers.
Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.
systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.
Stealth Mode automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the
Although it lacks a few of the bells and
whistles found in other PC-cleaning
applications, this free program offers more
than enough features to make it a worthy
download. CCleaner's interface is logically
designed and makes it easy to wipe away your
tracks from Internet Explorer, Firefox,
Opera, and Google Chrome from various
Windows system areas, and from some
Free Window Registry Repair is a
refreshingly simple tool for cleaning up
your Windows Registry. It lacks the bells
and whistles offered by some programs--such
as special features for uninstalling
programs or managing the Start menu--but
thankfully so. This is a program that does
something well and doesn't stray from that