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Free Windows Vista Spyware Removers

written by: Donna Buenaventura•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 2/4/2010

One of the threats we've been facing for years is called spyware. However not all anti-spyware programs will detect all spyware, so it’s best to choose the best available anti-spyware programs to avoid becoming a victim of spyware and fake anti-spyware programs.

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    If you frequent discussion forums, you will notice that many end-users ask about the best spyware remover for Windows Vista to complement the resident protection, detection, and removal functions of the operating system itself. Spyware Removers are applications focused on successfully detecting and cleaning computer spyware such as applications that will collect personal information about you without your knowledge or programs that were installed without your consent. Spyware is not easy to detect, especially if it is bundled or integrated with legitimate software. The setup file by some software distributors is silently updated to integrate unwanted or spyware applications.

    If you have a good spyware remover, you’ll be able to have a spyware free computer. To quickly decide on what spyware remover for Windows Vista to use, below is the list of the best spyware removers for Windows Vista.

    Ad-Aware Free Anti-Malware is a popular free spyware scanner and remover for Windows. It has been available since 1999 and has been proven to detect and remove adware, spyware, and other types of malware. An odd thing is that Ad-Aware’s installer includes an optional installation of Google Chrome which is not necessary to use the scanner and remover. Ad-Aware is also offering free real-time protection to detect malicious processes. Ad-Aware detection definition is updated on a daily basis.

    A-squared Free was first released in 2003 to detect and remove spyware, adware, and Trojans. The new version now includes virus and malware detection with the help of Ikarus Technology, another antivirus software vendor. A-squared’s detection signature is updated multiple times a day and has proven to be fast in the detection of zero-day exploit malware.

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a free spyware and malware remover and definitely your next step if you suspect the computer is infected. It offers detection for spyware in addition to detecting other types of malware. MBAM’s database is updated many times a day. This program was first released during 2008, and is often recommended in many malware removal forums.

    Spybot – Search & Destroy is another popular anti-spyware program that has been offered as free spyware, Trojan, and adware detection and removal since 2000. The program includes real-time protection via using its TeaTimer, IE Helper, and Immunization components, all of which are optional to use and which can be configured during or after installation. The detection signature of SS&D is not updated on a daily basis.

    SUPERAntiSpyware is one of the programs that is also often recommended in several malware removal forums. It has been on the market since 2006 offering free scanning and removal of spyware, adware, and other types of malware. The program is updated frequently (daily or many times a week) and offers several useful tools to help repair the damaged done by spyware or malware.

    Windows Defender is a built-in anti-spyware program in Windows Vista and Windows 7. It also supports the Windows XP operating system. With this software Microsoft is offering real-time protection, detection with a spyware remover. It has been a free feature since 2005 (ever since Microsoft acquired it from Giant Company Software, Inc.). The program’s detection database is updated many times a day. The program's detection against spyware was improved last year.

    The above are not only the best spyware removers for Windows Vista, but also trustworthy anti-spyware programs that you can use to find threats that your anti-virus program might have missed.