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Spyware Removal Tools (TTID #418)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 31,976 /  Created: December 24, 2007

Ad-Aware 2008 Free

Author: Lavasoft
License: Free for Non-Commercial Use

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free is no ordinary anti-spyware, it is the original anti-spyware product, offered to consumers worldwide to protect their personal and home computers from malware attacks. And today, with over a quarter of a billion downloads, computer users put their trust in Ad-Aware more than any other anti-spyware software program.

- Download Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Free
- Download Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Definitions (Direct Link)
- Download Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Definitions (Direct Link)
- Purchase Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Plus
- Purchase Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2008 Pro

Bazooka™ Adware and Spyware Scanner

Author: Kephyr
License: Freeware

Bazooka™ Adware and Spyware Scanner detects a multitude of spyware, adware, trojan, keylogger, foistware and trackware components; sources of irritation that antivirus software does not deal with. The scanning process will only take about two seconds and tell you how to uninstall the potentially unwanted applications using simple step-by-step instructions or put you in contact with the vendor for the most up-to-date and safe uninstall instructions.

Kephyr also offers a free File Database that provides information about suspicious files on your system. The database is growing fast, now listing more than 800 files.

- Download Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner


Publisher: Trend Micro
License: Freeware

CWShredder™ finds and destroys traces of CoolWebSearch. CoolWebSearch is a name given to a wide range of different browser hijackers. Though the code is very different between variants, they are all used to redirect users to and other sites affiliated with its operators.

Originally developed by Merijn Bellekom of the Netherlands, CWShredder™ was owned and maintained by InterMute until June of 2005 when InterMute was aquired by Trend Micro.

- Download CWShredder (Direct Link)
- View Additional Information


Publisher: Trend Micro
License: Freeware

HijackThis™ is a free utility which quickly scans your Windows computer to find settings that may have been changed by spyware, malware or other unwanted programs. HijackThis creates a report, or log file, with the results of the scan.

IMPORTANT: HijackThis does not determine what is good or bad. Do not make any changes to your computer settings unless you are an expert computer user. Advanced users can use HijackThis to remove unwanted settings or files.

HijackThis was developed by Merijn Bellekom, and sold to Trend Micro in March of 2007.

- Download HijackThis (Freeware)
- View Additional Information


Publisher: S!Ri
License: Freeware

This tool removes Desktop Hijack malware: AdwarePunisher, AdwareSheriff, AlphaCleaner, Antispyware Soldier, AntiVermeans, AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, AntiVirGear, AntivirusGolden, AVGold, Awola, BraveSentry, IE Defender, MalwareCrush, MalwareWipe, MalwareWiped, MalwaresWipeds, MalwareWipePro, MalwareWiper, PestCapture, PestTrap, PSGuard,, Registry Cleaner, Security iGuard, Smitfraud, SpyAxe, SpyCrush, SpyDown, SpyFalcon, SpyGuard, SpyHeal, SpyHeals, SpyLocked, SpyMarshal, SpySheriff, SpySoldier, Spyware Vanisher, Spyware Soft Stop, SpywareLocked, SpywareQuake, SpywareKnight, SpywareRemover, SpywareSheriff, SpywareStrike,, TitanShield Antispyware, Trust Cleaner,, Virtual Maid, Virus Heat, Virus Protect, Virus Protect Pro, VirusBlast, VirusBurst, VirusRay, Win32.puper, WinHound, Brain Codec, ChristmasPorn, DirectAccess, DirectVideo, EliteCodec, eMedia Codec, EZVideo, FreeVideo, Gold Codec, HQ Codec, iCodecPack, IECodec, iMediaCodec, Image ActiveX Object, Image Add-on, IntCodec, iVideoCodec, JPEG Encoder, Key Generator, Media-Codec, MediaCodec, MMediaCodec, MovieCommander, MPCODEC, My Pass Generator, NetProject, Online Image Add-on, Online Video Add-on, PCODEC, Perfect Codec, PowerCodec, PornPass Manager, PornMag Pass, PrivateVideo, QualityCodec, Silver Codec, SearchPorn, SiteEntry, SiteTicket, SoftCodec, strCodec, Super Codec, TrueCodec, VideoAccess, VideoBox, VidCodecs, Video Access ActiveX Object, Video ActiveX Object, Video Add-on, VideoCompressionCodec, VideoKeyCodec, VideosCodec, WinAntiSpyPro, WinMediaCodec, X Password Generator, X Password Manager, ZipCodec...

Note: process.exe is detected by some antivirus programs (AntiVir, Dr.Web, Kaspersky) as a "RiskTool". It is not a virus, but a program used to stop system processes. Antivirus programs cannot distinguish between "good" and "malicious" use of such programs, therefore they may alert the user.

- Download SmitfraudFix
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SpyBot Search & Destroy

by: Safer-Networking Ltd.
License: Both free and for purchase versions are available.

Spybot – Search & Destroy is a set of tools for finding and removing malicious software.

The ‘immunization’ feature preemptively protects the browser against threats. System scans and file scans detect spyware and other malicious software and eradicates it. Spyware is a kind of threat not always detected by anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your Internet activity to create a profile about you. This information can then be used for example by marketing and advertising companies.

Spybot – Search & Destroy is designed for use by either novice or experienced users. Novices can choose to view additional information on the available features while experienced users have additional tools and settings. It is fully functional and free for personal use!

- Download SpyBot Search & Destroy
- View Additional Information

Spy Sweeper

Publisher: Webroot Software, Inc.
License: Subscription

Spy Sweeper protects you with a sophisticated database of spyware definitions, the power to disable spyware, and the knowledge you need to analyze your risks. Disable and store spyware in a safe place on your system until you decide whether or not to remove them permanently. This unique approach lets you manage spyware without harming other programs on your computer.

- Purchase Spy Sweeper
- Download Spy Sweeper (Update for Registered Users)
- View Additional Information

Authoer: Ramesh Srinivasan
License: Freeware

ToolbarCop enables advanced users to remove the unwanted Toolbands, Toolbar icons and Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) from Internet Explorer. You can disable BHOs, remove them and prevent them from starting with Windows Explorer. It also displays available details for any installed Toolbars, Context Menu Extensions and Toolbar buttons and allows you to remove them. You should only use this tool if you know what you are doing, there is no Undo and no documentation.

- Download ToolbarCop
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Trojan Remover

Author: Simply Super Software
License: 30-Days Trial

Trojan Remover aids in the removal of Malware - Trojan Horses, Worms, Adware, Spyware - when standard anti-virus software either fails to detect them or fails to effectively eliminate them. Standard antivirus programs are good at detecting this Malware, but not always so good at effectively removing it.

Trojan Remover is designed specifically to disable/remove Malware without the user having to manually edit system files or the Registry. The program also removes the additional system modifications some Malware carries out which are ignored by standard antivirus and trojan scanners.

Trojan Remover is designed to work on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista. The program is not, at present, compatible with any 64bit version of Windows.

- Download Trojan Remover (30-Days Trial)
- Download Trojan Remover Database Update
- Purchase Trojan Remover
- View Additional Information

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
License: Freeware

Microsoft released the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000. After you download the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, it runs one time to check your computer for inflection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection it finds. Microsoft releases a new version of the tool every month.

- Download Malicious Software Removal Tool
- Download Malicious Software Removal Tool x64

Revision History:

05.21.2008 - Updated Ad-Aware to 2008. - Kevin
03.20.2013 - updated links for Spybot. - Kevin

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