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Top-16 Free Anti-Spyware Programs Table Comparison

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Top-16 Free Anti-Spyware Programs

Spyware is especially perilous, as it might steal your passwords, record you, collect browsing habits, etc. Anti-spyware software is usually an antivirus program, general or threat-specific.

We’ve collected 16 spyware protection tools from simple Google search and studied their features, performance, issues. These programs include typical antivirus (Avira, Avast, AVG, McAfee), Internet security suites (eScan, Emsisoft, Comodo, Spybot, Dr.Web, ESET), specific anti-spyware tools (Malwarebytes, Spyware Terminator, SUPERAntispyware, Spyware Fighter, SpyHunter), and one Microsoft tool – Safety Scanner.

There are two chapters of our analysis: feature summary table and performance tests. Here goes the first part.

Product License Pricing License offers Platforms Languages Installer size Disk space Portable version
Avira Free Antivirus Free $22 Web protection, encryption Windows, Mac 18 130 MB 195 MB no
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 30-day trial $20 Unlimited use Windows 20 320 MB 663 MB no
eScan Total Security 30-day trial $55 Unlimited use Windows 20 430 MB 473 MB no
Comodo Internet Security Suite Free $28 Firewall, virus free guarantee, 24/7 support Windows, Mac, Linux 17 70 MB 156 MB no
Malwarebytes Premium Trial 14-day trial $40 Mac/Android  support, real-time protection Windows 25 77 MB 140 MB no
Spyware Terminator Trial $50 Zillya antivirus, security tools Windows 13 9 MB 41 MB no
Microsoft Safety Scanner Free Free Unlimited use Windows 1 149 MB 149 MB yes
McAfee Total Protection 30-day trial $50 Unlimited use Windows, Mac, Linux 15 626 MB 579 MB no
AVG Antivirus Free Free $20 Firewall, anti-spam tools Windows, Mac, Linux 21 263 MB 790 MB no
SUPERAntiSpyware 14-day trial $20 Real-time shield, various scan types Windows 1 34 MB 102 MB no
Avast Free Antivirus Free $20 Online banking protection, PUA protection Windows, Mac, Linux 48 260 MB 873 MB no
Spybot Search & Destroy Free $22 Boot CD creator, secure shredder, antivirus Windows 11 67 MB 218 MB no
Dr.Web CureIT Free $28 Online-shopping and banking protection Windows 27 172 MB 172 MB yes
ESET Smart Security Premium 30-day trial $25 Unlimited use Windows, Mac, Linux 36 96 MB 115 MB no
Spyware Fighter 30-day trial $20 Unlimited use Windows 20 2 MB 21 MB no
SpyHunter Trial $40 Security tools, threat neutralization Windows 30 27 MB 162 MB no

 

Antispyware features

Now, let’s compare which key features all those security programs have. For instance, one would argue that real-time protection is crucial for any anti-spyware tool, and still not all of them got it.

 

 
  Active scanner
(real-time)
Passive
scanner
Automatic
updates
Quarantine Cloud
component
Self-protection Scheduler
Avira Free Antivirus ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Emsisoft Anti-Malware ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
eScan Total Security ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Comodo ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Malwarebytes Premium Trial ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Spyware Terminator ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Microsoft Safety Scanner ✔️
McAfee Total Protection ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
AVG Antivirus Free ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
SUPERAntiSpyware ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Avast Free Antivirus ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Spybot Search & Destroy ✔️ ✔️
Dr.Web CureIT ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
ESET Smart Security Premium ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Spyware Fighter ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
SpyHunter ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Performance tests

The final part (and probably the most significant one) of review was to conduct spyware detection tests and measure the performance closely. For these purposes we used two standards: the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) and Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO). We installed EICAR filesand archives, AMTSO files and archives, then ran each of 16 anti-spyware programs to test the detection. Find results below.

Product Scanning Time
(32GB)
EICAR
Files (2)
EICAR
Archives (2)
AMTSO
Files (3)
AMTSO
Archives (11)
PUA Detection Total
Test
Result
Avira Free Antivirus 00:24:03 2 2 2 11 Y 94%
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 00:30:18 2 2 2 11 Y 94%
eScan Total Security 00:19:42 2 2 2 11 Y 94%
Comodo 00:56:21 2 2 3 10 Y 94%
Malwarebytes Premium Trial 00:53:40 2 2 1 11 Y 88%
Spyware Terminator 00:01:14 0 0 0 0 N 0%
Microsoft Safety Scanner 00:49:53 2 2 1 11 N 88%
McAfee Total Protection 01:26:17 2 2 1 11 Y 88%
AVG Antivirus Free 00:16:18 2 2 1 11 N 94%
SUPERAntiSpyware 00:09:47 1 0 2 1 N 22%
Avast Free Antivirus 00:32:11 2 2 3 11 Y 100%
Spybot Search & Destroy 00:17:44 2 0 1 0 N 17%
Dr.Web CureIT 01:53:23 2 2 3 11 Y 100%
ESET Smart Security Premium 01:49:52 2 2 2 11 Y 94%
Spyware Fighter 00:39:55 2 2 1 11 N 88%
SpyHunter 00:25:58 2 1 1 3 N 39%

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