Anti-spyware software

Spyware is malicious software that runs on your computer without you realizing it. Once installed on your computer, it may monitor how you use the internet and send sensitive information to cyber-thieves. This can result in your bank or credit card details being used by criminals. Anti-spyware software protects you from spyware.

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Anti-spyware software comparison chart for 2017

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Percentage of people who bought this item
85.2% 7.0% 2.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.8%
Ratings
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Overall
spyhunter 4 has a rating of five  overall super antispyware has a rating of three  overall spyzooka has a rating of four  overall max spyware detector has a rating of three  overall zerospyware has a rating of four  overall cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three  overall
Setup
spyhunter 4 has a rating of five for setup super antispyware has a rating of three for setup spyzooka has a rating of five for setup max spyware detector has a rating of four for setup zerospyware has a rating of four for setup cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three for setup
Scan performance
spyhunter 4 has a rating of four for scan performance super antispyware has a rating of five for scan performance spyzooka has a rating of five for scan performance max spyware detector has a rating of four for scan performance zerospyware has a rating of five for scan performance cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three for scan performance
Effectiveness
spyhunter 4 has a rating of five for effectiveness super antispyware has a rating of three for effectiveness spyzooka has a rating of four for effectiveness max spyware detector has a rating of three for effectiveness zerospyware has a rating of four for effectiveness cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of four for effectiveness
System performance
spyhunter 4 has a rating of four for system performance super antispyware has a rating of four for system performance spyzooka has a rating of five for system performance max spyware detector has a rating of two for system performance zerospyware has a rating of four for system performance cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three for system performance
Updates
spyhunter 4 has a rating of four for updates super antispyware has a rating of three for updates spyzooka has a rating of four for updates max spyware detector has a rating of two for updates zerospyware has a rating of five for updates cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of four for updates
Features
spyhunter 4 has a rating of five for features super antispyware has a rating of four for features spyzooka has a rating of five for features max spyware detector has a rating of three for features zerospyware has a rating of four for features cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of five for features
Ease of use
spyhunter 4 has a rating of five for ease of use super antispyware has a rating of three for ease of use spyzooka has a rating of four for ease of use max spyware detector has a rating of three for ease of use zerospyware has a rating of four for ease of use cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
spyhunter 4 has a rating of four for help & support super antispyware has a rating of three for help & support spyzooka has a rating of four for help & support max spyware detector has a rating of three for help & support zerospyware has a rating of four for help & support cheesesoft spyware cease has a rating of three for help & support
Protection
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Detection
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Active X controls
spyhunter 4 detects and removes active x controls super antispyware detects and removes active x controls spyzooka detects and removes active x controls max spyware detector detects and removes active x controls zerospyware does not detect or remove active x controls cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes active x controls
Browser hijackers
spyhunter 4 detects and removes browser hijackers super antispyware detects and removes browser hijackers spyzooka detects and removes browser hijackers max spyware detector detects and removes browser hijackers zerospyware detects and removes browser hijackers cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes browser hijackers
Browser toolbars
spyhunter 4 detects and removes browser toolbars super antispyware does not detect or remove browser toolbars spyzooka detects and removes browser toolbars max spyware detector detects and removes browser toolbars zerospyware detects and removes browser toolbars cheesesoft spyware cease does not detect or remove browser toolbars
Cookies
spyhunter 4 detects and removes cookies super antispyware detects and removes cookies spyzooka detects and removes cookies max spyware detector detects and removes cookies zerospyware detects and removes cookies cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes cookies
Dialers
spyhunter 4 does not detect or remove dialers super antispyware detects and removes dialers spyzooka detects and removes dialers max spyware detector detects and removes dialers zerospyware detects and removes dialers cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes dialers
Drive by downloads
spyhunter 4 does not detect or remove drive by downloads super antispyware detects and removes drive by downloads spyzooka detects and removes drive by downloads max spyware detector detects and removes drive by downloads zerospyware detects and removes drive by downloads cheesesoft spyware cease does not detect or remove drive by downloads
Keyloggers
spyhunter 4 detects and removes keyloggers super antispyware detects and removes keyloggers spyzooka detects and removes keyloggers max spyware detector detects and removes keyloggers zerospyware detects and removes keyloggers cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes keyloggers
Parasites
spyhunter 4 detects and removes parasites super antispyware does not detect or remove parasites spyzooka detects and removes parasites max spyware detector detects and removes parasites zerospyware detects and removes parasites cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes parasites
Registry entries
spyhunter 4 detects and removes registry entries super antispyware detects and removes registry entries spyzooka detects and removes registry entries max spyware detector detects and removes registry entries zerospyware detects and removes registry entries cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes registry entries
Rootkits
spyhunter 4 detects and removes rootkits super antispyware detects and removes rootkits spyzooka detects and removes rootkits max spyware detector detects and removes rootkits zerospyware detects and removes rootkits cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes rootkits
Trojans
spyhunter 4 detects and removes trojans super antispyware detects and removes trojans spyzooka detects and removes trojans max spyware detector detects and removes trojans zerospyware detects and removes trojans cheesesoft spyware cease detects and removes trojans
Devices
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Scans
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Updates
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Features
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Help & support
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Telephone support
spyhunter 4 does not offer telephone support super antispyware offers telephone support spyzooka offers telephone support max spyware detector offers telephone support zerospyware offers telephone support cheesesoft spyware cease offers telephone support
Email support
spyhunter 4 offers email support super antispyware offers email support spyzooka offers email support max spyware detector offers email support zerospyware offers email support cheesesoft spyware cease offers email support
Live chat
spyhunter 4 offers live chat super antispyware offers live chat spyzooka offers live chat max spyware detector offers live chat zerospyware offers live chat cheesesoft spyware cease offers live chat
Manual
spyhunter 4 offers manual super antispyware does not offer manual spyzooka offers manual max spyware detector offers manual zerospyware offers manual cheesesoft spyware cease does not offer manual
Forum
spyhunter 4 offers forum super antispyware does not offer forum spyzooka offers forum max spyware detector offers forum zerospyware does not offer forum cheesesoft spyware cease offers forum
FAQs
spyhunter 4 offers faqs super antispyware offers faqs spyzooka offers faqs max spyware detector offers faqs zerospyware offers faqs cheesesoft spyware cease offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
spyhunter 4  windows 10 super antispyware  windows 10 spyzooka  windows 10 max spyware detector  windows 10 zerospyware  windows 10 cheesesoft spyware cease  windows 10
Windows 8
spyhunter 4  windows 8 super antispyware  windows 8 spyzooka  windows 8 max spyware detector  windows 8 zerospyware  windows 8 cheesesoft spyware cease  windows 8
Windows 7
spyhunter 4 is compatible with windows 7 super antispyware is compatible with windows 7 spyzooka is compatible with windows 7 max spyware detector is compatible with windows 7 zerospyware is not compatible with windows 7 cheesesoft spyware cease is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
spyhunter 4 is compatible with windows vista super antispyware is compatible with windows vista spyzooka is compatible with windows vista max spyware detector is compatible with windows vista zerospyware is not compatible with windows vista cheesesoft spyware cease is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
spyhunter 4 is compatible with windows xp super antispyware is compatible with windows xp spyzooka is compatible with windows xp max spyware detector is compatible with windows xp zerospyware is compatible with windows xp cheesesoft spyware cease is compatible with windows xp

Anti-spyware software explained

There are lots of different types of spyware. Some are relatively harmless - the biggest inconvenience can be that it slows your computer down.

However, the most dangerous kinds of spyware run silently on your computer, monitoring every move you make. These programs may send critical pieces of data – such as your usernames, passwords, credit card details or internet banking log in information – to online criminals.

If you’re affected by this type of spyware, the first you may know of it is when your credit card hits its limit or your bank account is emptied. That’s why good anti-spyware software is essential.

An effective defense against spyware

Good anti-spyware software will provide an effective defense again all forms of spyware. It should run on your computer at all times – from the moment you turn it on to when you shut it down.

It takes a multi-layered approach to spyware detection, by:

  • Watching your computer and alerting you if any unknown pieces of software are sending information across the internet.
  • Monitoring all common sources of infection. Good anti-spyware software will warn if you’re on a dodgy website or have received an infected email.
  • Scanning your computer regularly. By checking all files on your computer, it should pick up anything that’s slipped through the net.

If the software detects spyware or a source of infection - like a suspect website - it should warn you and ask how to proceed. This gives you the chance to find out more about the threat and check it’s for real before blocking it.

Anti-spyware software is easy to use. Once installed on your computer, it will run in the background, updating itself with details of the latest spyware and keeping you safe without bothering you.

Q. What is spyware?

The term spyware refers to a group of programs that were originally designed to 'snoop' an infected computer, but today's spyware can do far more. Spyware can monitor all activity on a machine as well as alter web browsers, open backdoors for remote attackers and steal personal information such as passwords and banking details. These programs are used both by legitimate companies who want more information about their customers for marketing purposes, as well as by criminal syndicates who buy and sell identities, credit card numbers and other private information. Both are motivated by the same goal, to increase their profits by secretly targeting consumers.

Q. How does spyware work?

Once installed on a computer, the program will begin logging keystrokes, websites visited, monitor online purchasing or record personal data such as names, addresses and passwords. This information is then silently sent to a third party to be aggregated and used for either legal or illegal purposes. Spyware applications can transmit their data via file transfers whilst remaining completely invisible to users physically at the computer.

Q. How dangerous is spyware?

Since these programs are often bundled with other forms of malware and Trojans, spyware represents a serious threat to online user security. Even in its 'legitimate' use by mainstream companies, spyware often violates user privacy by secretly transmitting personal information to third parties without user consent. Though most companies are required to mention the use of spyware with their programs in the end user license agreement (EULA), most users do not fully read or understand the information they are being given and therefore are inadvertently giving permission for these companies to monitor their data when installing software.

Q. How did my computer become infected with spyware?

Many music programs, file sharing programs and instant messaging applications have built-in spyware to improve marketing strategies. Though these programs are declared in the EULA, most users have no idea what information is being transmitted or who is receiving it. If a user does discover the spyware on their computer, disabling or removing it will often render the original software useless.Another method of infection is through infected websites in what is termed 'drive-by installation' or through the use of pop-up ads. These websites are designed to install their malware on to a victim's machine without any notification. These types of installations are usually accompanied by some form of adware and users will notice pop-up ads or browser changes that weren't authorised.

Q. How can I tell if my computer is infected with spyware?

A single spyware infection is often completely undetectable. Spyware is designed to run silently because the longer it can remain resident on your computer, the more profit the owner of the software stands to make. However, when more than one spyware application is loaded, potential conflicts can arise between the software as well as a noticeable burden placed on the OS and network. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it might be a sign of spyware infection.

  • Slower computer performance and increased frequency of system crashes
  • Inability to connect to the internet
  • Pop-up ads or inappropriate pop-ups on legitimate websites
  • Changes to your web browser, new icons on your desktop or changes to your default search engine

Q. Can I remove spyware myself?

It is not advisable to manually remove spyware from your computer unless you have expert knowledge of your operating system. Spyware applications often run themselves as system processes and install registry keys. Tampering with either of those without extensive knowledge could permanently damage your computer. If you suspect you may have a spyware infection, using antivirus software combined with specialised malware removal programs would be the most effective solution.

Q. Are there any effective spyware removal packages?

There are several effective spyware removal packages available, both free versions as well as paid versions. Some of the most popular free versions would include SpyBot Search & Destroy, AdAware and, for the more advanced user, HijackThis. Microsoft also offers a free anti-malware tool for its Windows OS. Most anti-malware software offers a 'standard or basic' mode that will remove spyware with minimal risk to the computer. However, some infections can be difficult or impossible to remove without expert assistance.

Q. Can spyware copy and distribute itself?

Spyware cannot copy or distribute itself but it is often bundled with other malicious software, such as viruses and worms, which can. However, the most common method of distribution is through file downloads rather than through viruses. Most users acquire spyware through downloads such as file sharing programs, music and video programs, chat software, email or infected websites.

Q. How do anti-spyware programs combat spyware?

Anti-spyware programs scan, detect and remove known spyware applications. The software companies who create them compile new data about spyware threats on a daily basis and issue updates to protect their software users. Users can perform on-demand file scans before installations or they can run a full system scan to look for any already installed spyware components. Most anti-spyware packages also include a built-in prevention tool that monitors the operating system and browser settings, which are often targeted by spyware. They will then warn the user when any attempts to change these settings occurs.

Q. What should I do once infected with spyware?

If you suspect you have been infected with spyware, scan your system using both anti-virus software as well as several anti-malware suites to ensure that all threats are detected and removed. Multiple anti-malware programs will give a higher probability of all threats being resolved. However, no single software suite can guarantee 100% threat removal because spyware creators modify their programs daily to avoid detection.

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SpyHunter 4
SUPER AntiSpyware
SpyZooka
Max Spyware Detector
ZeroSpyware
Cheesesoft Spyware Cease