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|Posted: 01/22/06 - 08:44 Post subject: Good and free anti-spyware programs
|Spyware, Adware, and Hijackers can do major damage to your system. Notorious malware like CoolWebSearch is very hard to remove and is not detected or completely removed by anti-virus program. This calls for a special dedicated tool - anti-spyware!
AdAware and SpyBot Search and Destroy are very good anti-spyware programs which have a large, frequently-updated malware database.
SpyBot S&D has one cool tool built into it called TeaTimer'. The TeaTimer monitors the system continuously, protecting system files and the registry from malware. SpyBot S&D also adds a browser helper object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. By using this, SpyBot S&D blocks the bad downloads (like installation of ActiveX components or other BHOs installed by spyware without the user's knowledge) automatically.
Another good tool is Microsoft AntiSpyware, which works on Windows 2000 & XP. This is still in its beta, but is based on an established Antispyware software known as Giant Antispyware.
SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of malware onto your system. SpywareBlaster is a tool that is run once, vs continual running in the background. Its working principle can be described as follows: many spyware and hijackers make certain registry entries and are indentified by CLSIDs. SpywareBlaster has a database of these bad CLSIDs. When you run SpywareBlaster once, it sets the kill bit of the bad CLSIDs as "1". This means the specific CLSID is killed, or not allowed to register, preventing installation of the spyware. SpyBot S&D has a similar feature. Spywareblaster also has a minor feature of importing a list of blacklisted cookies into firefox.
If you need help understanding how to use SpywareBlaster to protect your computer, please refer to this tutorial.
H-Desk also offers an anti-spyware called Disspy:
There is a lite version that is absolutely free.