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What is Spyware?
How did I get infected?
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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
- etc.

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.

To be safe, either you should not use Internet Explorer, but an alternative browser or you should apply the proper security settings.

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.

Free Anti-Spyware
a-squared freeRemoves Trojans, Worms, Keyloggers, Dialer and Spyware/Adware from your PC. The free version does not offer real-time protection.
Arovax AntiSpywareFree anti-spyware program for Windows; sponsored by user forum.
Browser Hijack RetaliatorInternet Explorer protection. Prevents IE from being 'taken over' by malicious scripts and ActiveX controls.
Damage Cleanup EngineFreeware spyware removal program for Windows. Terminates malware instances in memory, removes malware entries from registry and system files, scans and deletes malware from local hard drives.
Spybot Search & DestroyFreeware spyware removal and detction program for Windows.
Spyware DetectorScans for spyware/malware for free; spyware removal is not free though.
Spyware TerminatorFree anti-spyware program with real-time protection, manual and scheduled scan, safe quarantine, automatic update, etc.
SpywareBlasterFree windows program which protects against spyware: prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. blocks spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla/Firefox, restricts the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.
SuperAntispywareFree anti-spyware program for home use; runs on Windows. There is also a more advanced pro version available for $ 29.95.
ThreatExpertThreatExpert can detect viruses and other malware residing inside your computer's memory. It does not attempt to remove them from your harddisk though. Freeware for Windows. There is a 32 bit edition and a 64 bit edition.
This virus scanner does not run in the background, it only performs its duty when you tell it to do so - which is a thing we like.
Non-free Anti-Spyware
a-squared Anti-MalwareProtects against Trojans, Bots, Viruses/Worms, Keyloggers, Dialer and Spyware/Adware and Rootkits.
Ad-AwareNot only scans and removes spyware, but can also prevent infection before it happens. For Windows.
Spy SweeperBlocks and removes spyware on Windows.
Spyware DoctorSpyware removal and real-time protection tools for Windows.
Virus- Spyware- and Trojan- scanner tests
Check out these sites if you want too see which scanning programs offer the best protection or find out whether your scanner is effective.
The PCMan WebsiteFree 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.
Sophos Anti-RootkitFree rootkit detection and removal tool for Windows.
chrootkitFree anti-rootkit program for Linux, MAC, BSD, Solarix and other Unix versions.
Rootkit Hook AnalyzerIdentifies 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.
RootkitRevealerA free root kit detection utility for Windows NT 4 and higher which detects all persistent rootkits.
Rootkit HunterA free rootkit scanner for Linux and BSD.
GMERA free application that detects and removes rootkits. For Windows.
Security related Websites & Resources
All Internet SecurityDirectory which is aimed at both PC and Macintosh users and security professionals.
Security forum
Discussion forum on security and privacy-related matters.
Essays on security
and encryption
A large number of essays on security and encryption written by Bruce Schneier, who is one of the top encryption specialists in the world. He has has also written many useful books on the subject.
GruyereGoogle codelab which shows how Web application vulnerabilities can be exploited and how to defend against these attacks.
The Hackers ChoicePapers, research and other resources related to computer security.
HackingAlert.comExpert Tips to Deal with Hacking.
Krebs on SecurityArticles related to: online crime investigations, the latest threats, security updates, data breaches and cyber justice.
NewOrderComputer security and networking portal.
Offensive ComputingMalicious code research, information and analysis
ProcessLibrary.comA free online library of processes is for everyone who needs to know the exact nature and purpose of every process that should, and should not, be running on their PC.
SecurityFocusThis Website is designed to facilitate discussion on computer security related topics, create computer security awareness, and to provide a comprehensive database of computer security knowledge and resources to the public. It also hosts the BUGTRAQ mailing list.
Top 100 Network Security ToolsLots of free network-related security tools.
TreePad X Enterprise
384 Gigabyte Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
Intuitive and versatile, including Website Generator, spellchecker, thesaurus, attachments, search engine, recycle bin, and much more! For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Click here to get the free evaluation version.
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Free Anti-Spam ToolsFree 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
Computer Security
Free file, disk and email encryption software; free password managers, free data wiping tools, firewalls, computer vulnerability tests.
Free Internet ProgramsFree 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 Utilities
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
Administrator utilities
Free process viewers, system analysis tools, network monitoring tools, registry tools, task schedulers.
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Free drivers, dll's,
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Find your missing system file (dll, vxd, ocx, driver, etc.) or BIOS upgrade, and download it for free.
Free Operating SystemsFree operating systems, such as: Linux, FreeBSD, Windows clones, emulators and much more. Also: interesting alternative commercial operating systems.
Free Programming ToolsFree programming tools for Windows, Linux, etc. Free C++, C, Delphi, Basic, Assembler, Cobol, Pascal, Java, SQL, Databases; links to free compilers, databases, interpreters, IDE's, installers, components, libraries, languages, helpfile generators and more.
Software sitesA large list of freeware sites, freebie sites, shareware sites and software search engines.
Also check out our free software
for Windows and Linux/wine!
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exe-eBook CreatorFree eBook compiler
Freebyte BackupFree backup program
Fast File RenamerFree multiple file renaming tool
Custom Addressbook LiteFree addressbook
DisktectiveFree Disk-space reporting tool
HJSplitFreeware file splitters - multiplatform
Harddisk Search and StatsFree search engine for your harddisk
Freebyte ZIPFree zip/unzip program
Information wanted!
If you know of any free anti-spyware or anti-adware programs (not listed here), sites performing online spyware scanning tests, or other useful resources please let us know!
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