Free Spyware Removal Software

By: Jacob A. Erdei

I do not recommend using free spyware removal software for many reason but if your going to you might as well use the best free spyware products out there. In the end of this article we will tell you why not to use these programs as your main source of protection.

Spybot S&D: This is at the top of out list because this program is 100% free and works great. This is one of the few spyware removal programs that actually does a good job for being free. For best results you need to run it in safe mode. The latest version also does include active protection. This portion of the software is called Tea Timer. It's more of a dumb program that will auto block any registry change even if the software is known to be good. You will get a pop up that allows you to select allow but no more information on what's going on.

Ad-aware: All in all it's a good product for being free. It does not provide active protection so it does nothing for you until you are protected. There is a full version you can pay for but for the price you are better off going with something better like Spyware Doctor. The free version does a good job at removing spyware but seems to conflict with many other security products. If after install your computer will not boot then that is why.

AVG: This one is a little more well known then the above. For Virus protection it does not do a bad job. The spyware version that is free is not as good and seems to have a hard time removing many traces and does not seem to block them that well.

Avast: This is mostly for Virus protection. The program is equal to AVG virus scanner but once again does little in terms of good spyware protection.

The above are the more popular free versions. Let me clear up a few misconceptions with free security products and hopefully enlighten you a little. First off Virus protection is not the same as Spyware protection. These are two separate things and you need software for both not just one. You should also have a firewall. If you're running XP then that firewall is junk and you need something better. If you have Vista then you should be ok. Most free spyware and virus products on the market are actually spyware themselves. Always read up on any free security software before you install it. Any free client out there does not give full protection and you should not consider yourself safe. Yes they kinda work and it's better then nothing but for a very low price you can get something that will work and you won't have to pay for a repair job down the road.

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