spyware/adware - free software?

  pookie 12:04 10 Feb 2004

hi - sorry if this has been covered.
i have avg anti-virus which i check for updates everyday.
i have been reading about spyware and adware that may be lurking and that a very high % of machines have these without detection.
is there any free, easy to use, programs that detect and remove spyware or adware? do i need to worry about these?

many thanks


  ianeon 12:09 10 Feb 2004

Try "Spybot", "spywareblaster" and "Ad-aware6" All free and all quite good. Feed the names into Google and you will get a good address for them

  LeadingMNMs 12:11 10 Feb 2004

I use and recommend Ad-Aware click here

  Indigo 1 12:52 10 Feb 2004

Use both Ad-Aware and SpyBot Search and destroy to scan completely (what one program misses the other one gets).

Also SpywareBlaster to stop them getting in.

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  pookie 13:15 10 Feb 2004

many thanks to all


  bloo meeny 17:09 10 Feb 2004


  Proxy Worm 17:13 10 Feb 2004

I use the ones stated above- work like a charm!

  pookie 08:23 11 Feb 2004

hi - just as an update - ran ad aware and i had 5 little beasties on my pc - i got rid of these. out of coincidence i downloaded advanced uninstaller 6 the day before. one option was to check and fix corrupt registry items - when i ran this it showed that i had many ranging from light to severe. i didn't do anything with them. but when i removed the ad aware nasties and then ran ad uninstall regisrty cleaner/fixer the reg cleaner/fixer didn't detect anything


  Benito 10:05 21 Feb 2004

Highly recommend downloading all three.
Worked wonders for me.

  Indigo 1 10:11 21 Feb 2004

It's incredible just how many of these bit's and pieces build up in a PC over time and the problems they cause can be very severe.

It's worth spending a few minutes a month just cleaning them out. It's a good idea to defrag afterwards too .

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