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Links to download free anti-malware utilities and other useful software

Windows utilities for spyware and other malware

While antivirus solutions such as McAfee VirusScan provide some protection against spyware, no utility can find all the many attacks that are possible. It's therefore recommended that you run a second anti-spyware utility as well. Below are some that we've used successfully.


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is an anti-malware application that can thoroughly remove even the most advanced malware.

Spybot - Search and Destroy

Spybot - S&D searches your hard drive and registry for existing spying/advertisement robots. If they are found, Spybot - S&D is able to remove them.


Spywareblaster is another program that is useful for combating spyware. Spywareblaster blocks your access to known spyware sites on the Internet. If you absolutely have to visit one of the blocked sites, you may go in and manually remove the protection from that site in Spywareblaster. However, when you do this, you open up your system to be re-infested with spyware.

Ad-Aware Free

Ad-Aware is another program that is useful for combating spyware.

Other useful utilities for Windows
Utilities for Mac OS X