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  • Spybot - Search & Destroy icon

    Spybot - Search & Destroy

    Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Free for private use. Companies and institutions need to buy licenses for the commercial...

    Free Personal Windows Windows Mobile S60 PortableApps.com

  • AdwCleaner icon

    AdwCleaner

    AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for : Adware (ads softwares) PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program) Toolbars Hijacker (Hijack of the browser's homepage) It works with a Search and Delete mode. It can be easily...

    Free Windows

  • SUPERAntiSpyware icon

    SUPERAntiSpyware

    SUPERAntiSpyware is a software application which can detect and remove spyware, adware, malware, trojans, rogue software, worms, rootkits, parasites and other potentially harmful software applications, as well as restore modified...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool icon

    Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool

    Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool is a free software intended to disinfect infected computers, removing viruses, Trojans, and spyware, as well as any other types of malware. Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool 2011 uses the same highly efficient...

    Free Windows

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  • Dr.Web CureIt! icon

    Dr.Web CureIt!

    Do you have anti-virus software installed on your computer, but still worry about its effectiveness? Run Dr.Web CureIt!® (no need to install it) to quickly scan your computer and cure it of any malicious objects. How will I...

    Free Personal Windows

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  • Emsisoft Emergency Kit icon

    Emsisoft Emergency Kit

    The Emsisoft Emergency Kit contains a collection of programs that can be used without a software installation to scan and clean infected computers for malware.

    Free Personal Windows

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  • ESET Online Scanner icon

    ESET Online Scanner

    ESET Online Scanner is a user-friendly, free and powerful tool which you can use to detect and remove malware from any Windows PC using only your web browser—no installed security software necessary. ESET Online Scanner uses the same...

    Free Web / Cloud

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  • F-Secure Anti-Virus icon

    F-Secure Anti-Virus

    F-Secure Anti-Virus provides advanced protection against viruses, spyware intrusions and infected e-mail so you can surf the Web without worrying about security issues. Its automatic updates and powerful DeepGuard 2.0 cloud computing...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • RogueKiller icon

    RogueKiller

    RogueKiller is an anti-malware program written in C++ and able to detect and remove generic malwares and some advanced threats such as rootkits, rogues, worms, …

    Free Windows

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  • Winpooch Watchdog icon

    Winpooch Watchdog

    Winpooch is a watchdog for Windows (2000, XP, 2003, but only 32-bits). It detects modifications in your system, so as to detect a trojan or a spyware installation. It also includes a real-time anti-virus.

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued As of 2008-06-13, this project is no longer under active development. Winpooch can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
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  • Norton Security Scan icon

    Norton Security Scan

    Norton Security Scan is a software tool designed to help you understand if your computer is currently protected from known threats. Norton Security Scan will scan your computer and identify if there are existing viruses, worms...

    Free Windows

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  • HouseCall icon

    HouseCall

    HouseCall is a free virus scanner offered by Trend Micro, which checks whether a computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, or other malware. HouseCall performs additional security checks to identify and fix vulnerabilities to...

    Free Windows

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  • Spyware Terminator icon

    Spyware Terminator

    Millions of users worldwide rely on Spyware Terminator, winner of many awards and high ratings from industry experts and users. Its free comprehensive protection is comparable to competitors' paid versions! Spyware Terminator...

    Freemium Windows

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  • SpyHunter icon

    SpyHunter

    What is SpyHunter and How It Works? As malware continues to evolve and become more sophisticated to avoid detection by anti-spyware/anti-virus programs, SpyHunter responds with new advanced technology to stay one step ahead of...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Warning Poor reputation. Download at your own risk. http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/enigmasoftware.com
  • ActiveScan icon

    ActiveScan

    [NOTE: This online scanner works only on Windows OS.] You can use ActiveScan (by Panda Security) to make sure that your PC is free from all types of threats. ActiveScan detects all types of: Viruses, Trojans, worms. ...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

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  • McAfee Security Scan Plus icon

    McAfee Security Scan Plus

    McAfee Security Scan is a free virus scan service. McAfee Security Scan provides free virus protection and protects you with the latest antivirus software.

    Free Windows

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  • IObit Malware Fighter icon

    IObit Malware Fighter

    It's time to remove malware & spyware in your PC. IObit Malware Fighter is an advanced malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various potential spyware...

    Freemium Windows

    • Warning The installer contains malware, including adware: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2d5abe81405570f3bf2d49b66737b0926e83b3e29ce352b5d4003225adabe802/analysis/1451580333/
  • NoVirusThanks Malware Remover icon

    NoVirusThanks Malware Remover

    Free malware remover for Windows. Easily detect and remove popular trojans, spyware and rogue security software from your computer. Easy to use interface.

    Free Windows

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Ad-Aware Comments

Like Spybot S&D, this software isn't the best

Negative Comment by Reprotected
about Ad-Aware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot - Search & Destroy Jun 2011

Like Spybot S&D, this software isn't the best, nor even a great anti-spyware tool anymore. It's slow and buggy since SE was removed from the Internet, and it's outright terrible. Although it's still quite polished up, don't be deceived by that, it's not worth the time to install and manage. As of 2008, this software is junk, and is only as good as a pseudo-Malwarebytes with some (terrible) sort of real-time security.

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