#free anti spyware
What is Spyware?
When your PC is infected with spyware, everything you do on your computer can be recorded and monitored by those who have secretly and remotely installed it.
In more detail, spyware can be used to:
– gather credit card information
– transmit your passwords
– elicit identity theft
– transmit confidential files
– change your browser home page
– display advertisements on your desktop
– display annoying popup windows and advertisements
– install new Internet Explorer toolbars
– install yet more unwanted software
– make your modem dial expensive phone numbers in remote countries while you think you are just connecting to the Internet
– alter links inside Web search results
– cause your computer to be slow and unstable
– cause Internet connection problems
How did I get infected?
If you access the Web using Internet Explorer without the proper security settings. it is only a matter of time before your PC gets infected with spyware.
Little Windows programs or scripts (‘ActiveX controls’) which are embedded in certain Web pages, usually pornography-related, can install malicious programs on your computer without your knowledge.
Moreover, certain downloadable programs, such as a number of music/video fileshareing applications can also contain hidden and unwanted malware.
It is also not safe to download and install cracks or hacked software.
Below we present a number of utilities which can help you block, detect and remove spyware.
Check out these sites if you want too see which scanning programs offer the best protection or find out whether your scanner is effective.
Free virus scanner test. This service tests your Virus Protection online see if your installed virus scanner detects the test string. This test virus was developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR). This is just a test it is NOT a real virus but a harmless string of characters. This string is used to verify the effectiveness of your virus scanning software. If your virus scanner is set up and working properly it should intercept the downloading of these files.
Free Anti-Rootkit Software
A rootkit is a set of utilities which can run hidden on a computer system, often with the intention of providing secret access to (and control over) the computer’s operating system. Usually hackers, viruses, worms and other malicious entities use rootkits to hide their presence on infected systems.
Free rootkit detection and removal tool for Windows.
Free anti-rootkit program for Linux, MAC, BSD, Solarix and other Unix versions.
Identifies all processes which are ‘hooked’ into the operating system kernel (‘kernel hooks’). Some of these hooks may be legitimate, some might be malicious.
Suitable for Windows XP, 2000 and 2003.
A free root kit detection utility for Windows NT 4 and higher which detects all persistent rootkits.
Believe it or not, there are many good anti-virus programs you can download and use for free! Also: free firewalls, very useful trial anti-virus program versions, anti-virus software tests, links to specialized anti-virus sites, etc.
Free spam-filter services, free anti-spam software, free spam-reporting services, free anti-spam email services, free server-side anti-spam tools, etc.
Free Encryption and
Free file, disk and email encryption software; free password managers, free data wiping tools, firewalls, computer vulnerability tests.
Free programs to surf the Web, free email software, email virus protection, free newsgroup programs, free Internet chat, telephony and messaging applications, free telnet software, free firewalls, etc.
Free File and
Disk catalog programs; backup, compression, split and zip programs; disk search engines, disk management utilities, remote file storage services, data recovery tools, data wipe tools, downloadable boot disks and more.
Free System and
Free process viewers, system analysis tools, network monitoring tools, registry tools, task schedulers.
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Find your missing system file (dll, vxd, ocx, driver, etc.) or BIOS upgrade, and download it for free.
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