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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:
|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.
Moreover, certain downloadable programs, such as a number of
music/video fileshareing applications
can also contain hidden and unwanted malware.
The following downloadable programs are generally known to contain spyware. Do not install any of the programs listed here
(this list is not exhaustive):
Below we present a number of utilities which can help you block, detect and remove spyware.
|a-squared free||Removes Trojans, Worms, Keyloggers, Dialer and Spyware/Adware from your PC. The free version does not offer real-time protection.|
|Arovax AntiSpyware||Free anti-spyware program for Windows; sponsored by user forum.|
|AVG Anti-Spyware Free||Free anti-spyware program for Windows, created by GriSoft.|
|Browser Hijack Retaliator||Internet Explorer protection. Prevents IE from being 'taken over' by malicious scripts and ActiveX controls.|
|Damage Cleanup Engine||Freeware 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 & Destroy||Freeware spyware removal and detction program for Windows.|
|Spyware Detector||Scans for spyware/malware for free; spyware removal is not free though.|
|Spyware Terminator||Free anti-spyware program with real-time protection, manual and scheduled scan, safe quarantine, automatic update, etc.|
|SpywareBlaster||Free 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.|
|SuperAntispyware||Free anti-spyware program for home use; runs on Windows.|
|Ad-Aware||Not only scans and removes spyware, but can also prevent infection before it happens. For Windows.|
|Spy Sweeper||Blocks and removes spyware on Windows.|
|Spyware Doctor||Spyware removal and real-time protection tools for Windows.|
|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.|
|Spycar||Spyware-simulation tools to test anti-spyware programs. Runs on Windows.|
|2005 Review of various Virus scanners by Interceptor.|
|The PCMan Website||Free 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 free||Freeware software for detection and removal of rootkits by AVG. Runs on Windows.|
|F-Secure BlackLight Beta||Time-limited rootkit detection and removal program for Windows 2000, 2003 and XP.|
|Rootkit Detection and Removal||Page with useful links and information on detecting and removing rootkits.|
|Rootkit Hook Analyzer||Identifies 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.
|RootkitRevealer||A free root kit detection utility for Windows NT 4 and higher which detects all persistent rootkits published at rootkit.com.|
|Security related Websites & Resources|
|All Internet Security||Directory which is aimed at both PC and Macintosh users and security professionals.|
|Discussion forum on security and privacy-related matters.|
|Free Click||Free PC security utilities, such as anti-virus programs and anti-spyware.|
|HackingAlert.com||Expert Tips to Deal with Hacking.|
|NewOrder||Computer security and networking portal.|
|SecurityFocus||This 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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|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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|Last updated on August 18, 2007
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