Spyware… Yes, we know it. Its one of the most dreaded word in the world of Internet Users. These infections not only annoy the users of the infected machine, but also present a great danger as they hook up these machines to huge botnets. These botnets are used for everything from launching DDOS attacks on websites to committing credit card frauds and other such mischief. In some cases, these spyware act as keyloggers on your machine and end up broadcasting your private data such as credit card numbers, passwords of your netbanking account and other personal details to malignant parties.
We therefore present to you the anti spyware applications we feel are top of the line.
- Spybot Search and Destroy Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer. Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don’t want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports. A list of all the apllication’s features is also available.
- LavaSoft Ad Aware SE Persona:
Ad-Aware Personal remains the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. Our free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers. If you want real-time scanning capabilities, consider upgrading to Ad-Aware SE Plus for real-time protection against spyware, all the time!
- Windows Defender: Windows Defender is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it’s detected and minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive. Now with 2 free support incidents for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
Is it enough to Install an Anti Spyware Application and relax?
No. Have in mind that Spywares are just one kind of malware which can infect your computer. In order to be fully protected, you need to have a good anti virus software and a good firewall to monitor the kind of packets which move in and out of your network.
Also, its important to ensure that your Virus and Spyware Definitions are up-to-date. Virus and Spyware defnitions are updated almost on a daily basis and its important for you to have those definitions updated.
Also Read: Top 3 FREE Antivirus Applications
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