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Anti-spyware software

According to Techopedia, anti-spyware is designed to find and remove harmful programs. In turn, spyware is typically installed on a phone/computer in disguise to collect information. With these special anti-spyware programs a user can remove malware that is already hiding on a PC, or use them as antivirus to prevent spyware from installing. We’ve tested top 16 programs (in no particular order) and here’s what we’ve found out.

1. Avira Free Antivirus


Avira is the company known for providing free antivirus and additional tools to users. With components like ransomware / web / mail protection, though only available in Pro version, it comes with Real-time protection. During our tests it detected and stopped 94% of threats, plus there’s a ‘browser safety’ tool that blocks URLs with malware.

⤓ Download Avira Free Antivirus

  • Pros:
  • Fast scan
  • Cloud scan component
  • Modular components control
  • Cons:
  • Web-protection is unavailable
  • License ads
  • Few options for privacy securing

2. Emsisoft Anti-Malware

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Emsisoft, known to us from the previous anti-malware tools review, has this 30-day free Anti-Malware program that one can use against spyware as well.  It offers various scan types and performs well – it took 30 minutes to scan and showed 94% efficiency during our tests.

It seems the company likes the number 4 – four layers of protection (surf/real-time/behavior blocker/anti-ransomware), four panels in the interface (protection/scan & clean/logs/settings), four types of malware to combat – ransomware, bots, banking trojans, PUPs. 

⤓ Download Emsisoft Anti-Malware


  • Pros:
  • Good scan results
  • Detailed statistics and reports
  • Additional features
  • Cons:
  • Missing cloud scan component
  • Big size for installed program
  • All options collected in one window


3. eScan Total Security Suite

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Among many security suites, there’s eScan, incorporating antivirus, mail/spam protection, web protection, firewall, privacy control and other tools. In terms of combating spyware, it offers real-time protection against phishing URLs and malicious URLs (though detects roughly ⅔ of threats), file and folder protection, prevention against virus infection of USBs, webcams, SD cards.   

⤓ Download eScan Total Security


  • Pros:
  • Apps Container
  • Secure Shopping component
  • Includes portable Comodo
  • Cons:
  • Costly license price
  • Big installation file size
  • Many complicated sub-menus


4. Comodo Internet Security Suite

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With a pretty extensive set of security software, Comodo also offers an antispyware program, which is unavoidable for such company in 2018, as it seems. Comodo Internet Security Suite is a free anti-spyware/anti-malware app against common threats, with effective countermeasures.

In practice, there’s just one irritating thing: while installing, study every windows carefully, if you don’t want to end up also installing Comodo homepage, Yahoo search, DNS provider, or Comodo Dragon browser. Seriously, guys?!

⤓ Download Comodo Internet Security Suite


  • Pros:
  • Step-by-step scanner
  • Monitor planned scans
  • Not resource intensive
  • Cons:
  • Difficult for beginners
  • Tech support unavailable in free version
  • No privacy security tools


5. Malwarebytes Premium Trial

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Malwarebytes free version works only for 14 days, so we’ve decided to test the Premium, as Malwarebytes is probably a #1 tool when it comes to anti-malware protection. It is easy to use, while actually and efficiently fighting spyware and other malicious software.

It scans files, registry keys/values, processes, etc., quarantines threats and alerts a user right away. The program applies heuristic analysis. Malwarebytes Premium provides automatic updates, scanning schedule, automatic quarantine.

⤓ Download Malwarebytes Premium Trial


  • Pros:
  • AutoScan task enabled by default
  • Different scan modes
  • Low installation file size
  • Cons:
  • No cloud scan component
  • No self-protection
  • High license price


6. Spyware Terminator

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Honestly, if this hadn’t showed up in search engine results, it wouldn’t be mentioned at all. Spyware Terminator 2015 (yes, that’s in the name) from Czech Republic (though doubtful) performed less than poorly against malware during our test. The scan lasted about 1 minute, while other tools take 30 minutes on average, and found 0 – zero – threats. Not without bemusement, we’ve tried it on another PC and got the same result. The end.

⤓ Download Spyware Terminator


  • Pros:
  • Not resource intensive
  • Good for inexperienced users
  • Portable version
  • Cons:
  • Poor test results
  • Many ads
  • Antivirus component unavailable


7. Microsoft Safety Scanner

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If you’re looking for a tool alternative to standard antivirus and security suites, and you need it for Windows system exclusively, check this. Microsoft Safety Scanner is a little and totally free spyware removal program, which users may run manually, even alongside other similar programs. Basic Windows interface, three types of scan (quick, full and custom), good performance (88%), portable.

⤓ Download Microsoft Safety Scanner


  • Pros:
  • Not resource intensive
  • Good for inexperienced users
  • Portable version
  • Cons:
  • No self-protection
  • Making decisions on its own
  • No signatures auto-update


8. McAfee Total Protection

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Supporting Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS devices, McAfee is an anti-spyware software with extensive reach and functionality. To that point, Total Protection is very similar to McAfee Internet Security, excluding parental control option. In terms of protection against spyware and malware, it adds value with the help of tools like password manager, file lock utility, file encryption system, identity protection service.

⤓ Download McAfee Total Protection


  • Pros:
  • Includes firewall
  • Vulnerability scanner
  • Privacy security tools
  • Cons:
  • Intensive resource use
  • No cloud scan component
  • Big installation file size


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