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  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware icon

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is considered to be the next step in the detection and removal of malware. In our product we have compiled a...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Kindle Fire

  • 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...

    Free Personal Windows Windows Mobile S60

  • AdwCleaner icon


    AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for : Adware (ads softwares) PUP/LPI (Potentially Undesirable Program) Toolbars Hijacker...

    Free Windows

  • SUPERAntiSpyware icon


    SUPERAntiSpyware is a software application which can detect and remove spyware, adware, malware, trojans, rogue software, worms...

    Freemium Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Free Personal Windows

  • 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...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • RogueKiller icon


    RogueKiller is an anti-malware program written in C++ and able to detect and remove generic malwares and some advanced threats such as...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Winpooch Watchdog icon

    Winpooch Watchdog Discontinued

    Winpooch is a watchdog for Windows (2000, XP, 2003, but only 32-bits). It detects modifications in your system, so as to detect a...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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....

    Free Windows

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  • HouseCall icon


    HouseCall is a free virus scanner offered by Trend Micro, which checks whether a computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, or...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Freemium Windows

  • SpyHunter icon

    SpyHunter Warning

    What is SpyHunter and How It Works? As malware continues to evolve and become more sophisticated to avoid detection by...

    Freemium Windows

  • ActiveScan icon


    [NOTE: This online scanner works only on Windows OS.] You can use ActiveScan (by Panda Security) to make sure that your PC is free...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

  • IObit Malware Fighter icon

    IObit Malware Fighter Warning

    It's time to remove malware & spyware in your PC. IObit Malware Fighter is an advanced malware & spyware removal utility...

    Freemium Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

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  • VirCleaner icon


    VirCleaner Protects computer against virus and threats -

    Free Windows

  • 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....

    Free Windows

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.