Note: Although the College does supply Symantec Antivirus v10 with Spyware/Adware scanners built in, we have made these links available for your convenience. We do not
endorse any of these products.
Spyware/Adware slows down your computer, hijacks your Web browser, and sends your
personal information to advertisers. Find out how to combat this threat
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Three good choices to battle Spyware on your computer are:
SE Personal Edition
With the ability to scan your RAM, registry, hard drives, and external storage
devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware
SE easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree
of privacy while you surf the Web.
Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition boasts a number of improvements. Extended memory
scanning now scans all modules loaded by a process. Scanning uses the all-
new CSI (Code Sequence Identification) technology to identify new and unknown
variants of known targets. Extended registry scanning now scans registry
branches of multiple-user accounts and performs additional smart checks to
detect dynamically created references. Scanning speed is noticeably faster,
and this version offers an Extended Scanning mode for known and unknown/possible
- Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware
files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage
tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer
with other users. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the
included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For
advanced users, it allows you to fix registry inconsistencies related to
adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature
ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of
adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents.
Version 1.3 adds enhanced immunization features, an improved interface, and
integration of BrowserManager for spyware detection, plus the new Hosts File
feature and bug fixes.
HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the registry and hard drive--areas
that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program
is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target
specific programs and URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force
you onto their sites. As a result, false positives are imminent,
and unless you're sure about what you're doing, you should always consult
with knowledgeable folks before deleting anything.