2. Removing Adware/Spyware

A number of free software products check for and remove adware/spyware from your system. Some of the most well-known ones are:

  • Malwarebytes (free version provides detection and removal; needs to be updated and run the scan manually on free version)
  • Ad-Aware (performs detection and removal; free for individual private use only)
  • Windows Defender (performs ongoing detection and removal)
  • Spybot Search and Destroy (performs detection and removal)
  • HijackThis (specifically aimed at home-page hijacking)
  • MacScan (for the Apple Macintosh)

As with anti-virus software, it is crucial to keep adware/spyware removal products up-to-date for them to be effective.

Unfortunately, some supposed adware-removal programs exist that are of doubtful quality, or that give inflated numbers of detection warnings to encourage sales, or that even install their own adware. The Spyware Warrior web site gives more information on such products.

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