Spyware is a type of software that monitors the actions of a computer user and falls into a number of categories:
- Software that may be installed on purpose to help provide security or workplace monitoring
- Software designed mostly for collecting marketing data
- Software that is maliciously installed, either as a general violation of a person’s privacy or to collect information that may allow further attacks on their computer such as “keylogging”.
Almost everyone gets spyware at some point and getting rid of it can be very difficult. Free spyware removal can be just as effective as paying for a high priced anti spyware package, but you have to use the right software.
At one point, this site offered free spyware removal as a free service, but there are so many big named companies offering this server now that we decided to tell you about them rather than try to stay on top of all the spyware out there – it’s very time intensive you know :)
Best Spyware Removal Programs
So, what is the best free spyware removal software out there? Microsoft, without question, has one of the best free programs and it’s called Windows Defender and Microsoft has put a lot of effort into making this the number program on the net!
Other programs that work great and are free include:
Malwarebytes (malwarebytes.org) has a free program that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer they call anti-malware. They also offer FileAssassin which can delete malware files that are locked on your computer. Malwarebytes also offers a paid version along with their free version, so some features may not be available in the free spyware removal version.
HijackThis (free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/) now owned by Trend Micro, is free software that does a fantastic job at showing you your registry and file settings allowing you to pick and choose which items to remove from your computer. Note that it does NOT determine which files are spyware or which ones you should remove, it more of a reporting tool to help you spot the spyware or provide you with a report to show others who can spot the spyware.
Combofix (combofix.org) offers free spyware removal designed to eliminate malware such as SurfSideKick, QooLogic, and Look2Me and more. This free program help in manually removing software you suspect to be causing the problem.
There is also Spy Bot search and destroy which has a very large following, and it does a great job at spyware removal, but like most software companies, they don’t stand much of chance at competing with the Giant.
So, if you’re looking for free spyware removal software, check out Windows Defender or one of the programs mentioned above. They are free and do a great job at detecting and eliminating spyware.