SUPERAntiSpyware

"Remove all the spyware, not just the easy ones". This is the claim of SUPERAntiSpyware and from our experience with the program, it has not broken its promise. Adware, spyware, keyloggers, worms, and various other threats are identified and easily dealt with. You are able to schedule quick or more complete scans (daily or weekly), and real-time blocking ensures no rogue applications are installed in the first place. When used in conjunction with an anti-virus program, you will catch most, if not all, Internet nasties.

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Avira AntiVir Personal Edition

This version of Avira AntiVir is one of the best freeware anti-virus programs we've seen and offers effective protection against almost all computer viruses on the stand alone PC. This version detects over 50,000 different types of virus (rootkits, macros, trojans, etc.), and can identify and repair these quickly. AntiVir is made in Germany and is freely available to people using it non-commercially. They also provide free and regular updates.

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AVG Free Anti-Virus

An excellent program that's perfect for guarding your computer against viruses and other harmful files that can be acquired from removable disks or via the Internet. AVG is very complete for a freeware program and additionally to the "Resident Shield", which offers real-time virus protection, AVG also provides an e-mail mailbox scanner and a task/update scheduler. Free and regular virus definition updates are provided.

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Emsisoft Anti-Malware Free

This freeware anti-malware download from Emsisoft is a basic malware detector and cleaner. Although it lacks the advanced features of its commercial counterparts (available on upgrade), it is nonetheless an effective tool for tackling the more popular types of malware. The program is easy to use and features an attractive user interface that provides information such as the source of the threat, the action taken, which files were involved, etc.

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Celframe Free Antivirus

A feature-packed free anti-virus package from Celframe Security Labs, offering protection against general viruses, spyware, Trojans and rootkits. The software provides reliable virus protection thanks to Community Protection, where every user is connected to one another, thereby increasing detection rates. The program protects against threats from social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, and even has a silent/gaming mode for when your computer is at its most vulnerable.

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Avast Free Antivirus

A reliable free anti-virus program for non-commercial (home) use. Avast is excellent at detecting and dealing with harmful viruses. The program provides a simple interface, e-mail mailbox scanner and resident protection shield. It also provides P2P (peer to peer) program and instant messenger shields. Free, automatic updates are provided as and when new virus threats are discovered.

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ZenOK Antivirus

This free anti-virus program ensures your computer remains free from harmful applications, such as trojans, spyware, worms, etc. ZenOK lacks the advanced features seen in other freeware anti-virus software, but offers a much simpler approach, ideal for novices. The program also has the added benefit of online backup (so you can safeguard your photos, music and documents), although to access this service, a small subscription fee is required.

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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free

A unique, lightweight, and easy to use anti-virus solution from the reputable Panda Security company. If your current anti-virus program is causing your computer's performance to dip, try this for size. Cloud Antivirus works on the concept of "cloud computing" and as such aims to do much of its processing "in the cloud" (that's via remote servers rather than your computer).

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Free NoVirusThanks Malware Remover

Download this freeware malware remover if you want to keep your computer free from security threats, such as spyware, trojans, worms, etc. There are two main options: Quick Scan (if you're in a hurry) or the more thorough Full Scan. The software is easy-to-use and takes few system resources, so you can even run this on slower machines. Functions on XP, 2000, 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

Immunet Protect Anti-Virus

A free anti-virus utility that can be used in conjunction with your existing anti-virus program, or alternatively on its own. Rather than taking information from a downloaded "virus pattern" (database), Immunet uses the concept of "cloud computing" - gathering shared information via the Web. In theory, this means the program has access to up-to-the-minute virus information. It is recommended as a fail-safe for anyone serious about protecting their computer.

Spyware Terminator

Don't fall foul of spyware (rogue programs that collect personal information and surfing habits), download Spyware Terminator and blast them into oblivion. The tool scans and removes anything identified as spyware, then provides a neat and tidy summary. This program is free for both personal and commercial use, and comes complete with automatic updates and free technical support.

Lavasoft Ad-aware Free

The most popular free anti-spyware utility, this complete solution detects and removes all kinds of dodgy files, including trojans, worms and "malware" (malicious software purposely designed to harm computers). It even helps to protect you from identity theft. Ad-aware thoroughly scans your system registry and other folders to safely delete any rogue packages that may be attempting to relay information about your surfing habits to advertising companies. Inexperienced computer users will also find Ad-aware easy to use. Its "wizard style" interface allows for the step-by-step deletion of spyware.

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Spyware Blaster

Are you wary about spyware? You needn't be if you install SpywareBlaster. Unlike similar programs that scan, detect and then clean your computer of any programs attempting to monitor your actions, SpywareBlaster takes a different route and prevents them from being installed in the first place. Nobody has to put up with spyware thanks to this clever little program.

Microsoft Security Essentials

This group of free programs developed by Microsoft provides a range of countermeasures to help protect you from spyware and similar security threats. Microsoft Security Essentials is a joy to use and enables you to both monitor and protect vulnerable system areas. The program can detect spyware before it causes any harm or eliminate rogue files once they become installed on your computer.