Spyware Protection & Removal -- On this page, we offer links to articles, software reviews and resources to help you
fight spyware that includes what is sometimes called predatory advertising or
Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites [also lists good
ones], Eric Howes, Spyware Warrior, last update June 30, 2004
Beginners Guides: Browser Hijacking & How to Stop It, Mike
Dowler, PCstats, May 10, 2004
To Outsmart Intruders, Enlist a Counterspy, Thomas Fitzgerald,
New York Times, April 22, 2004.
PCs Monitored, E-mail bugged, Robyn Greenspan, eSecurityPlanet,
April 20, 2004.
How to Protect Your Computer from Spyware and Adware, Jerry
Honeycutt, Microsoft, April 20, 2004.
Average PC Plagued With 28 Pieces of Spyware,
Security Pipeline, April 15, 2004.
- Spyware: They came from cyberspace, Dwight Silverman, Houston
Chronicle, April 10, 2004.
- Browser Hijacking
Prevent Browser Hijacking, Mike Healan, SpywareInfo, March 23,
Utilities To Annihilate Spyware, Kirk Kroeker, TechNewsWorld,
March 19, 2004.
Guides: Spyware Protection and Removal, Mike Dowler, PCStats,
September 4, 2003.
An Arsenal to Combat Spyware -- Spybot Search & Destroy,
Ad-aware, Norton Antivirus, PC-cillin and AVG Anti-Virus, Michelle
Delio, Wired, June 25, 2004
Spyware Removal Tools Compared -- Ad-aware, Spybot, SpySweeper,
SpyHunter & SpyRemover, Team Flexbeta, June 17, 2004
Stop direct marketers from spying on you -- Spybot, Ad-aware,
PestPatrol, McAfee AntiSpyware & Spysweeper, Robert Vamosi, CNet,
May 17, 2004
Bigger Threats, Better Defense, Mary Landesman, PC World, May
11, 2004, includes testing of anti-spyware from Aluria, InterMute, Lavasoft, McAfee,
Panda, Spybot, Norton & PC-cillin
- Spy Stoppers, Cade Metz, PC Magazine, March 2, 2004: editor's
choice SpySweeper 2.2; review also included Ad-aware Plus, Spyware
Eliminator, Spyware/Adware Remover, McAfee Internet Security 2004,
Norton Internet Security 2004, Panda Platinum Internet Security, PC-cillin
Internet Security 2004, Pestpatrol, Spybot Search & Destroy, SpyCop,
SpyGuard, SpyHunter, and Spy Remover.
Zappers, best buys
Norton AntiVirus, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Ad-aware, reviews included
eight anti-virus programs -- Boomerang
Software EXtendia AntiVirus AVK Professional, F-Secure Anti-Virus 2003, GeCad
Software RAV AntiVirus Desktop for Windows 8.6, Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal
4, Network Associates McAfee VirusScan 7 Home Edition, Panda Software
Antivirus Platinum 7, Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2003, and Trend Micro PC-cillin
2003; and four anti-spyware programs --
Lavasoft Ad-aware Plus 6, PepiMK Software Spybot Search & Destroy 1.2,
PestPatrol Software PestPatrol 4.2, and Webroot Software Spy Sweeper 1.5.
Scott Spanbauer, PC Magazine, May 29, 2003.
- Spyware: It's
Lurking on Your Machine, editor's choice SpyBot,
comparative review of Ad-aware, Spyware Eliminator, BPS Spyware/Adware
Remover, Internet Cleanup, PestPatrol, QuickClean, Spy Remover & Spy Sweeper,
Cade Metz, PC Magazine, April 22, 2003
Step #1: Tools to Find & Remove Spyware
Lavasoft, one freeware & two payware versions
review, Forrest Stroud, May 10, 2004
- Ad-aware 6.0
Andy Shaw, Webuser, November 14, 2003
- Ad-aware 6.0 Pro
Berislav Kucan, March 20, 2004
- Tools to
Ward Off Adware, Tom Spring, PC World, February 21, 2003
- Scot Finnie's Newsletter
Ad-aware Plus 6.0 *Top Product!* February 3, 2003
Earthlink Spy Audit
& Destroy, PepiMK Software, freeware; donations are
review, Forrest Stroud, May 19, 2004
Courtney Gallimore, February 24, 2004
- ZDNet UK
review, Robert Vamosi, February 18, 2003
- SpyBot S & D
review, Craig Rashad, net-integration, June 17, 2002
- Web User
review, Susan Denim, March 26, 2002
Spysweeper, Webroot, $30
Sweeper 3.0, John Clyman, PC Magazine, July 23, 2004
spyware on your systems with Spy Sweeper, Bill Detwiler,
TechRepublic, October 6, 2003
- Sweeping for
Spies, Improved, K. Karaqiannis, PC Magazine, September 16,
A Trail of Cookies? Cover Your Tracks, Thomas Fitzgerald,
New York Times, March 27, 2003
Step #2: Tools to Block Installation of Spyware
freeware (hosted by WildersSecurity.com)
SpywareBlaster doesn't scan and clean for spyware - it prevents
it from ever being installed.
-- Provides a real-time protection solution against spyware in
addition to SpywareBlaster's method. An anti-virus program scans files before
you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected. SpywareGuard does
the same thing, but for spyware. It also features download protection and
browser hijacking protection.
Step #3: Tools to Block Spyware from Phoning Home
(if you need it)
the activity of Spyware, Ads, Cookies, Web Bugs, Scripts, Worms, Scanners and
Adware while you use your computer.