Anti-spyware software is one of virus-fighting tools being created and improved every day. It aims at helping the users remove malware and protect themselves from viruses capable of stealing their private information, data and even finances. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between this vast number of anti-spyware programs and decide which ones you should choose for your personal computer’s protection. Therefore, we have prepared this short introduction to this virus-fighting utility.

Anti-spyware vs. antivirus: what do these tools have in common and how do they differ?

Anti-spyware, antivirus, anti-malware and similar terms may seem rather confusing if you are new to cyber security. Really, there is no mystery. All these programs are capable of eliminating computer threats. What differs between these programs, is the range of the viruses they can detect and the technology they employ to achieve that. Talking about anti-spyware in particular, it should be noted that this technology can be a great tool for the detection of different spyware programs. However, unlike what a large number of users may think, anti-spyware programs not limited to the fighting spyware only. It can effectively detect and eliminate different adware threats and other kinds of computer parasites from the system as well. In fact, anti-spyware software is often combined with antivirus tools and vice versa. However, you should remember that the attempts to combine all the possible technology into one product can sometimes not live up to the expectations. Therefore, it is advisable to obtain both, a sophisticated anti-spyware software and a reliable antivirus utility.

What viruses is anti-spyware capable of fending off?

As we already mentioned, anti-spyware does not only remove spyware as you may think looking at its title. There are multiple other threats these virus-fighting utilities can easily banish from the infected computer. Let us take a look at a few most common threats this software manage:

Adware. These type of viruses are very common. Even though they are not malicious, they can inject multiple sponsored advertisements into the infected computer’s browser, redirect the user to potentially dangerous sites and, most importantly, spy on the user’s browsing habits.

Browser hijackers. Hijackers are similar to adware type programs in a sense that they also spy on the users, track information about their most visited websites, frequently viewed pages and also collect hardware data.

Ransomware. Ransomware-type viruses are the most aggressive of the already mentioned ones. They infiltrate the users’ computer, lock the files on it and demand to pay the ransom, otherwise, threatening to delete them for good. Even though anti-spyware cannot unlock the data, it can remove the malicious virus components from the infected computer and ensure the safety of the future files.

Rogue anti-spyware. Viruses that are categorized as rogue anti-spyware present themselves as reliable anti-spyware programs. However, as soon as they finish their system checkup, they inform the victim that computer is seriously infected. Usually, they report about tens or even hundreds of different viruses and claim that the only way to remove them is to buy their license.

Of course, the anti-spyware software has limitations too. For instance, it may encounter difficulties with the removal of Trojans and some more complex malicious programs as well. You should also keep in mind that the reason why anti-spyware may fail to detect and remove threats from your computer does not necessarily have to be related to the program’s capacities. Just like antivirus, anti-spyware tools need regular updating. If the program is not updated to its latest version, there is a great chance that the newest viruses and the updated versions of some older threats will not be detected simply because they are not in your anti-spyware’s virus database just yet. Of course, most of the reliable tools will have an automatic update function enabled, but regular check-ups to make sure your equipment is really up-to-date are highly advisable. If your anti-spyware does not have an automatic update function, do not forget to schedule updates at least once a month and run a system scan after each one of them.

As you can see, anti-spyware tools are capable of fending off a variety of malware. Naturally, they have some limitations too. But so do other anti-malware and antivirus software. For this reason, we recommend using anti-spyware tools interchangeably with some reputable antivirus software for some extra protection. We have already pointed out that each of these tools use slightly different methods of scanning the system. So, combining the antivirus and anti-spyware tools together will make sure that viruses of all types and categories will not escape the elimination from your computer.

What anti-spyware tools should you trust?

The Internet may be full of anti-spyware software promising to provide their users with the best protection against viruses. However, you should keep in mind that not every software is worth trusting. There are numerous fake anti-spyware tools which workings are similar to the previously mentioned viruses. Thus, having such software installed on the system may not improve its security but rather violate it. Therefore, you should always do a little research before downloading and installing new anti-spyware on your computer. To facilitate this task for you, our team of experts is constantly analyzing different software that appears on the web and reports all the suspicious programs that are found. So if you cannot find information about some particular spyware remover, take a look at the category of corrupt tools. It contains the list of rogue, fake, illegal, even harmful applications that definitely cannot correctly detect and remove various security and privacy threats and therefore must be avoided.

Despite the potentially dangerous programs, there is a great number of reliable anti-spyware tools, which you can trust. All of them can quite precisely recognize a particular pest, completely disable it by terminating its processes, deleting its essential files, registry entries, and other related objects and eventually clean the infected system ensuring that no unsolicited programs will stay and attempt to violate your privacy and harm your computer. The most reliable anti-spyware programs is SpyHunter 4. This program is free to download and effectively removes computer threats from the infected devices. 

Database of Anti-spyware Software

Total Anti-spyware softwares in our DB: 87

  • a squared Anti Malware
    May 11th, 2014 4 Comments
    a-squared Anti-Malware is an all-purpose security product developed by the Emsi Software company. This product provides ...

  • Acronis Privacy Expert Suite
    April 22nd, 2014
    This is a powerful all-in-one security and privacy solution that not only provides effective protection from different k...

  • Ad Aware Pro
    April 25th, 2014 1 Comments
    Ad Aware Pro is a well-known spyware remover. It offers advanced features for savvy computer users and IT professionals....

  • Ad Aware SE
    May 7th, 2014 6 Comments
    Ad-Aware SE is an advanced well-known spyware remover. Lots of corrupt antispyware vendors play upon its popularity rele...

  • Ad-Protect
    June 16th, 2014 4 Comments
    In early 2005 Ad-Protect looked like the same application as Spy Control. Exact database, similar design and functionali...

  • Adware Away
    April 30th, 2014 3 Comments
    Adware Away is a quite effective, but not very popular anti-spyware program specially designed to eliminate the most inf...

  • Adware Removal Tool
    February 12th, 2016 4 Comments
    Adware Removal Tool is a useful application, which can be used for preventing issues that are usually initiated by adwar...

  • AdWare SpyWare Removal
    June 16th, 2014
    Free version of AdWare SpyWare Removal was used to scan several computers, including absolutely clean PCs and systems in...

  • Aluria Anti Spyware
    May 16th, 2014 2 Comments
    Aluria Anti-Spyware is a well-known spyware remover with standout advanced features. Some time ago, it was one of the le...

  • Anonymizer Anti Spyware
    May 11th, 2014
    Anonymizer Anti-Spyware, made by Anonymizer, Inc., is a powerful spyware remover able to identify and completely remove ...

  • Antiy Ghostbusters
    June 8th, 2014
    Antiy Ghostbusters is a product of Antiy Labs, a China-based software company developing anti-malware programs, intrusio...

  • Arovax AntiSpyware Beta
    May 12th, 2014
    Arovax AntiSpyware Beta is a typical on-demand spyware scanner and remover with a limited set of functions. The applicat...

  • Ashampoo AntiSpyWare
    June 16th, 2014 3 Comments
    Ashampoo AntiSpyWare is a powerful and comprehensive anti-spyware program, which implements real-time protection and pro...

  • AVG Anti Spyware
    August 12th, 2014 1 Comments
    AVG Anti-Spyware, formerly known as ewido anti-spyware, is a powerful spyware and malware remover, which effectiveness a...

  • Bullguard Internet Security
    June 14th, 2014
    Bullguard Internet Security is a decent anti-virus application, which was released by a UK-based computer security and s...

  • CheckFlow Anti Spyware 2005
    May 16th, 2014
    It is a relatively simple spyware remover with basic set of functions. Although it cannot be compared with the most popu...

  • CounterSpy
    May 15th, 2014 1 Comments
    CounterSpy is a powerful spyware remover based on revolutionary hybrid engine, which incorporates traditional anti-spywa...

  • Defender Pro Ultimate Security Suite was replaced by Defender Pro Ultimate. Read about it in this review. Defender...

  • Disspy
    May 10th, 2014
    Disspy, originally developed by and acquired by, pretends to be a powerful anti-spyware solution. ...

  • Doctor Alex
    June 15th, 2014 1 Comments
    Doctor Alex is a simple, but yet quite effective anti-spyware program. Its most recent version, which now is absolutely ...

  • DriveHound
    June 15th, 2014
    DriveHound is an anti-spyware program made by Panicware, a well-known privacy software company. The program is a simple ...

  • eAcceleration StopSign Threat Scanner
    August 25th, 2013
    This program is a part of eAcceleration StopSign, a computer protection suite that consists of many useful components de...

  • EMCO Malware Destroyer
    October 24th, 2012
    This is a freeware malware scanner and remover made by EMCO Software. The application scans the system for different typ...

  • Emsisoft Anti Malware
    December 10th, 2015 1 Comments
    Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a decent anti-malware, which provides a comprehensive computer protection against viruses, troj...

  • eTrust Pestpatrol
    January 6th, 2015 1 Comments
    eTrust PestPatrol is an effective and easy-to-use spyware remover. It is one of the most popular security products avail...

  • GarbageClean
    April 7th, 2011 1 Comments
    This effective online based spyware remover is a part of the managed anti-spyware service called SecureMyWindows. Garbag...

  • HijackThis
    May 20th, 2014
    HijackThis is a very effective and fast security tool initially designed to detect and eliminate browser hijackers. Late...

  • Hitman Pro
    January 30th, 2015 2 Comments
    Hitman Pro is a second option malware scanner, which is designed to remove leftovers of malicious software or files that...

  • INAC Anti Spyware
    April 6th, 2011
    INAC Anti Spyware is a rebranded version of Spyware Nuker XT, a product of TrekBlue, Inc. This program is not a clone, a...

  • Malware Sweeper
    January 12th, 2013 3 Comments
    Malware Sweeper pretends to be an advanced spyware remover providing effective system protection and reliable parasite r...

  • Malwarebytes Anti Malware
    August 11th, 2015 244 Comments
    Malwarebytes’ Anti-malware is a simple and easy-to-use application, which can help people fight against malware. A...

    November 28th, 2006
    MASTR SCAN is an anti-spyware program made by the Indian-based Max Secure Software company specializing in security and ...

  • McAfee AntiSpyware
    June 9th, 2012 1 Comments
    We have carefully tested McAfee AntiSpyware made by one of the leading security software companies. Our tests revealed t...

  • Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta1 is an advanced spyware remover published by leading software company. Although this product ...

  • MyCleanerPC
    April 29th, 2006
    MyCleanerPC is a simplistic, lightweight on-demand spyware scanner and remover. It does not implement real-time protecti...

  • NoAdware
    April 11th, 2006
    NoAdware is a simple, but quite effective anti-spyware program made by the same named company. The product is not very p...

  • Omniquad AntiSpy
    April 8th, 2006 1 Comments
    AntiSpy, a spyware remover, is a part of the Omniquad Total Security 2005 suite consisting of integrated computer protec...

  • ParetoLogic Anti Spyware
    November 26th, 2006
    ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware is a new product of an anti-spyware company well-known for its XoftSpy and XoftSpySE series pro...

  • PC Pitstop Exterminate
    September 15th, 2006
    PC Pitstop Exterminate is an on-demand scanner based on eTrust PestPatrol, one of the most popular security products ava...

  • pcOrion
    October 21st, 2012
    pcOrion is a simple, effective and fast spyware remover. It was carefully tested on several computers and showed quite g...

  • PestBlock
    May 25th, 2006 1 Comments
    PestBlock is a simple, but quite effective anti-spyware program made by PrivacyAnywhere Software. It can be described as...

  • Prevx1
    June 15th, 2014
    Prevx1 is a unique anti-malware product of Retendo Ltd., a privately held English company with 5 years experience in dev...

  • Reimage
    April 11th, 2016
    Reimage is a legitimate computer repair software, which is certified by Softpedia. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS...

  • ScanSpyware
    April 30th, 2014
    ScanSpyware is a typical spyware remover made by the same named company. It is a simple, but quite effective on-demand s...

  • Spinach AntiSpyware
    May 10th, 2014 1 Comments
    Spinach AntiSpyware is an advanced, but user-friendly spyware remover that implements real-time protection and provides ...

  • Spy Emergency 2005
    May 19th, 2014
    Spy Emergency 2005 is a quality anti-spyware product developed by Netgate company. It was carefully tested on several PC...

  • Spy Killer
    April 30th, 2014
    Spy Killer is an effective, fast and easy-to-use spyware remover developed by Maxion Software company. It was carefully ...

  • Spy Sweeper
    December 12th, 2014 5 Comments
    According to WebRoot's announcement, they decided to replace Spy Sweeper with SecureAnywhere AntiVirus.&n...

  • Spybot Search and Destroy
    September 9th, 2015 39 Comments
    Spybot - Search & Destroy is one of the very first spyware removers appeared in the computer security field. It has plen...

  • SpyCatcher Express
    November 14th, 2011 4 Comments
    We have carefully tested SpyCatcher Express, a product of Tenebril, Inc., on a large number of different computers inclu...

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