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Top 16 Best Anti-Spyware and Adware Removal Programs to Protect Your Computer

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Spyware is one of the most serious online threats to Internet users. The tiny program, downloaded often without your permission and knowledge, can steal your credit card number and passwords, switch your homepage or redirect your web searches to unwanted sites. Adware, on the other hand, is advertising supported software which automatically plays, displays or downloads annoying advertisements to your computer. These advertisements slow down your computer performance. Some of them may come with integrated spyware such as keyloggers and other privacy-invasive software.

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Fortunately, many powerful software are on the market today helping you to protect against a wide range of spyware and adware threats that can expose your confidential information and diminish your PC’s performance. Here are our top 16 Anti-Spyware and Adware Removal Programs. We hope you’ll find them useful!

Lavasoft Ad-Aware
Ad-Aware is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components.

PC Tools Spyware Doctor
PC Tools Spyware Doctor detects and stops the latest and most malicious spyware attacks. Integrating multiple layers of protection, it stops and blocks spyware when it tries to attack and infect your PC.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes Anti Malware is a simple yet powerful security solution. Anyone who is looking for a small removal tool will want to try Malwarebytes. Its scanning utility is un-matched among others for malware removal.

Microsoft Windows Defender
Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus
Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus is anti-spyware software, but spyware is just one of the types of malware that Webroot seeks to destroy. The anti-spyware software also protects you during web surfing sessions by blocking harmful websites.

SUPER Anti Spyware
SUPERAntiSpyware finds and destroys spyware and many other types of malware. It won’t conflict with any antispyware or antivirus products that you might already have installed.

Spybot – Search & Destroy
Spybot – Search & Destroy has been in the antispyware game for a long time. The program checks your system against a comprehensive database of adware and other system invaders.

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
Titanium uses cloud technology to proactively stop viruses and spyware before they reach your computer, so it won’t slow you down. The software prevents hackers and spyware from stealing credit card numbers, passwords, email addresses, and other sensitive data.

SpyHunter
SpyHunter is a real-time anti-spyware application designed to assist computer users in protecting their PC from trojans, rootkits and other.

STOPzilla
STOPzilla is a powerful anti-spyware software, working as a protective shield and proactive realtime malware scanner. It has all the essential tools, with additional features and a slick interface.

SpyZooka
SpyZooka is a simple anti spyware software with simple features. While the software detects less than what most other products did, it works with all major browsers. This is a useful capability since some antispyware, monitoring or parental control type programs only work with one or two.

Tenebril SpyCatcher
Tenebril’s SpyCatcher is a powerful and elegant solution for protecting your system against spyware. It includes a hosts file list analyzer and anti-phishing monitoring.

ZeroSpyware
This anti spyware software is easy to use, downloads fast and provides easy to understand threat reports. However infrequent updates is the biggest downfall of this product.

CA Anti-Spyware
CA Anti-Spyware offers simple-to-use yet powerful features: Comprehensive Spyware Detection and Removal provides comprehensive protection against a wide range of spyware, adware, keyloggers, browser hijackers and other threats.

Atanium Software PC Spyware Protection
PC Spyware Protection continually monitors and protects your PC in real-time and eliminates spyware and dangerous malware. This antispyware protection application effectively identifies and destroys all dialers, keyloggers, parasites, rootkits, trojans, drive-by downloads, browser hijackers and cookies.

Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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