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What is Spyware?
How did I get infected?
Free Anti-Spyware
Non-free Anti-Spyware
Virus- Spyware- and Trojan- scanner tests
Free Anti-Rootkit Software
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What is Spyware?
When your PC is infected with spyware, everything you do on your computer can be recorded and monitored by those who have secretly and remotely installed it.

In more detail, spyware can be used to:
- gather credit card information
- transmit your passwords
- elicit identity theft
- transmit confidential files
- change your browser home page
- display advertisements on your desktop
- display annoying popup windows and advertisements
- install new Internet Explorer toolbars
- install yet more unwanted software
- make your modem dial expensive phone numbers in remote countries while you think you are just connecting to the Internet
- alter links inside Web search results
- cause your computer to be slow and unstable
- cause Internet connection problems
- etc.

How did I get infected?
If you access the Web using Internet Explorer without the proper security settings, it is only a matter of time before your PC gets infected with spyware.

Little Windows programs or scripts ('ActiveX controls') which are embedded in certain Web pages, usually pornography-related, can install malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge.

To be safe, either you should not use Internet Explorer, but an alternative browser or you should apply the proper security settings.

Moreover, certain downloadable programs, such as a number of music/video fileshareing applications can also contain hidden and unwanted malware.
It is also not safe to download and install cracks or hacked software.

The following downloadable programs are generally known to contain spyware. Do not install any of the programs listed here (this list is not exhaustive):
Aimster, Alexa, ATTune, AudioGalaxy, Aureate/Radiate, Bad Blue, Bargain Buddy, BearShare, BitTorrent, Blubster, Bonzai Buddy, Brilliant Digital, Comet Cursor, CommonName, CyDoor, Direct Connect, DiVx Bundle, DLDER, Doubleclick, DSSAgent, Earth Station 5, Edonkey, EzUla, EverAd, Filetopia, Flyswat, Gator, Gnotella, Gnutella, Gnucleus, GoZilla, Grokster, HotBar, Imesh, Kazaa, Limewire, Mactella, Madster, Morpheus, Napster, OnFlow, Phex, Qtella, Slyck, Smirk, Soulseek, TimeSink, Transponder, Trickler, Weatherbug, Web3000, WebHancer, WinMX, Webshots, Xolox.

Below we present a number of utilities which can help you block, detect and remove spyware.

Free Anti-Spyware
a-squared freeRemoves Trojans, Worms, Keyloggers, Dialer and Spyware/Adware from your PC. The free version does not offer real-time protection.
Arovax AntiSpywareFree anti-spyware program for Windows; sponsored by user forum.
AVG Anti-Spyware FreeFree anti-spyware program for Windows, created by GriSoft.
Browser Hijack RetaliatorInternet Explorer protection. Prevents IE from being 'taken over' by malicious scripts and ActiveX controls.
Damage Cleanup EngineFreeware spyware removal program for Windows. Terminates malware instances in memory, removes malware entries from registry and system files, scans and deletes malware from local hard drives.
Spybot Search & DestroyFreeware spyware removal and detction program for Windows.
Spyware DetectorScans for spyware/malware for free; spyware removal is not free though.
Spyware TerminatorFree anti-spyware program with real-time protection, manual and scheduled scan, safe quarantine, automatic update, etc.
SpywareBlasterFree windows program which protects against spyware: prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. blocks spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox, restricts the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
SuperAntispywareFree anti-spyware program for home use; runs on Windows.
Non-free Anti-Spyware
Ad-AwareNot only scans and removes spyware, but can also prevent infection before it happens. For Windows.
Spy SweeperBlocks and removes spyware on Windows.
Spyware DoctorSpyware removal and real-time protection tools for Windows.
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Virus- Spyware- and Trojan- scanner tests
Check out these sites if you want too see which scanning programs offer the best protection or find out whether your scanner is effective.
SpycarSpyware-simulation tools to test anti-spyware programs. Runs on Windows.
Interceptor 2005
AV Review
2005 Review of various Virus scanners by Interceptor.
The PCMan WebsiteFree virus scanner test. This service tests your Virus Protection online see if your installed virus scanner detects the test string. This test virus was developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR). This is just a test it is NOT a real virus but a harmless string of characters. This string is used to verify the effectiveness of your virus scanning software. If your virus scanner is set up and working properly it should intercept the downloading of these files.
Free Anti-Rootkit Software
A rootkit is a set of utilities which can run hidden on a computer system, often with the intention of providing secret access to (and control over) the computer's operating system. Usually hackers, viruses, worms and other malicious entities use rootkits to hide their presence on infected systems.
AVG Anti-Rootkit freeFreeware software for detection and removal of rootkits by AVG. Runs on Windows.
F-Secure BlackLight BetaTime-limited rootkit detection and removal program for Windows 2000, 2003 and XP.
Rootkit Detection and RemovalPage with useful links and information on detecting and removing rootkits.
Rootkit Hook AnalyzerIdentifies all processes which are 'hooked' into the operating system kernel ('kernel hooks'). Some of these hooks may be legitimate, some might be malicious.
Suitable for Windows XP, 2000 and 2003.
RootkitRevealerA free root kit detection utility for Windows NT 4 and higher which detects all persistent rootkits published at
Security related Websites & Resources
All Internet SecurityDirectory which is aimed at both PC and Macintosh users and security professionals.
Security forum
Discussion forum on security and privacy-related matters.
Free ClickFree PC security utilities, such as anti-virus programs and anti-spyware.
HackingAlert.comExpert Tips to Deal with Hacking.
NewOrderComputer security and networking portal.
SecurityFocusThis Website is designed to facilitate discussion on computer security related topics, create computer security awareness, and to provide a comprehensive database of computer security knowledge and resources to the public. It also hosts the BUGTRAQ mailing list.
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Computer Security
Free file, disk and email encryption software; free password managers, free data wiping tools, firewalls, computer vulnerability tests.
Free Internet ProgramsFree programs to surf the Web, free email software, email virus protection, free newsgroup programs, free Internet chat, telephony and messaging applications, free telnet software, free firewalls, etc.
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Disk Utilities
Disk catalog programs; backup, compression, split and zip programs; disk search engines, disk management utilities, remote file storage services, data recovery tools, data wipe tools, downloadable boot disks and more.
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Free process viewers, system analysis tools, network monitoring tools, registry tools, task schedulers.
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Information wanted!
If you know of any free anti-spyware or anti-adware programs (not listed here), sites performing online spyware scanning tests, or other useful resources please let us know!
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