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Must Have Security Programs

On this page I will provide to you the most popular anti-spyware applications currently recommended by most all security forums and member forums of A-SAP. Most are free and can keep you fully protected along with firewall and av apps. I encourage all to have at least two different scanner\removers on board. See my own security testing on this page.


   Ad-Aware 2007 June 19 

This app is probably one of the most popular anti-spyware programs on the net. It offers excellent detection of all forms of adware and many other forms of spyware and malware as well.

 Spybot Search & Destroy v1.5  Sept. 3

Another one of the best anti-spyware applications available. It detects many of the same types of malwares as Adaware does, and has some other nice features. Such as Tea Timer. This is a registry monitoring device, extremely helpful in these days of malwares dropping all sorts of nasties into the registry.

   SpywareGuard v2.2 & SpywareBlaster v3.5.1

These two applications are the two often most recommended security programs after AdAware & Spybot.

SpywareGuard, protects your homepage from being changed, using its
heuristic scanning engine. Thusly, it is rarely updated.

SpywareBlaster prevents known ActiveX installs by setting kill bits into the registry. And many of the nastiest malwares get installed in this manner.


IE-SPYAD adds a long list of sites and domains associated with known advertisers, marketers, and crapware pushers to the Restricted sites zone of Internet Explorer. Once you merge this list of sites and domains into the Registry, the web sites for these companies will not be able to use cookies, ActiveX controls, Java applets, or scripting to compromise your privacy or your PC while you surf the Net. Nor will they be able to use your browser to push unwanted pop-ups, cookies, or auto-installing programs on your PC.

To manage your Internet Explorer security zones I strongly recommend using ZonedOut v3.5.

  MVPS Hosts File

  The Hosts file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. This file is loaded into memory at startup, then Windows checks the Hosts file before it queries any DNS servers, which enables it to override addresses in the DNS. This prevents access to the listed sites by redirecting any connection attempts back to the local machine. Another feature of the HOSTS file is it's ability to block other applications from connecting to the Internet, as long the entry exists.

You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, cookies, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the Server that supplies these little gems. Example - the following entry ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by the DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements.

To help manage host file updates, editing and create back ups, use HostsXpert v4.1

Scotty Icon WinPatrol 2007 v12.2.2007 Oct 30     

Scotty the Windows Watch Dog sniffs out malicious "mysteryware" and parasites that may assault your computer. WinPatrol puts you back in control of your computer so you'll know what programs are and should be running at all times.   

Related Links

Real-Time Anti-Spyware Comparison Chart 

Clicking the link above will bring you to a page created by the good folks at Calendar of Updates. It gives you some detailed info as to what each of the major anti-spyware apps cover with their 'real time' protection. It also breaks down each app as it pertains to your specific OS. Very nicely done, good work to the guys there who spent the time to set it up.

Real-Time Protection Demonstration

Once again, from COU, Donna, noted MS MVP, has set up a nice little demonstration as to how the real time apps work when changes are made. Nice screenshots and descriptions of the actions happening.