The Best Free Tools to Remove Spyware, Adware, and Malware

If you have been on the Internet for any length of time, you’ve probably ran across the topic of spyware, adware, or malware. These are programs that has installed on your computer, many times without your permission, or accidentally by clicking on a popup ad, etc. The problem with these programs is they will slow your computer down, make changes to your desktop, homepage, search page, load programs into your taskbar tray and otherwise get in the way. In the worst cases, they will even transmit information from your computer to servers on the Internet.

Most of the time in order to get rid of those infections is to run a removal program but in more serious cases you may have to use a specialized removal program to free you self from these problems

Listed below are the best freeware programs available on the Internet for removing spyware, adware, and malware:

Adware and Spyware Removal

Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE 1.06
Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4
Microsoft Windows Defender

SuperAntiSpyware A great program for removing those pesty Zlob trojan infections

Ewido Anti-Malware
a² (a-squared) Scanner

Preventing the Installation of Adware and Spyware

SpywareBlaster 3.5.1
SpywareGuard 2.2

Specialized Removal Programs

About:Buster – Removal of CWS HomeSearch Hijacker or res:// hijacker
CWShredder 2.19 – CoolWebSearch Removal Tool from Trend Micro
Elite Toolbar Remover
I-Lookup Toolbar Uninstallers – Version 1 and Version 2
Incredifind and PerfectNav Uninstaller
Kill2Me – Removal of Look2Me infections
OmegaKiller for removing hijackers like
SmitRem for removing Spyaxe, SpySheriff, Winhound and others
VX2.BetterInternet for XP/2000 for Removing Look2Me
VX2.BetterInternet for Windows 9X for Removing Look2Me
WildTangent Remover

Programs to Delete Undeletable Files

Pocket Killbox
Remove on Reboot Shell Extension

Helpful Tools for Investigating Adware and Spyware Infections

HijackThis 1.99.1 by Merijn
SysInternals Process Explorer
Sysinterals RootkitRevealer

Online Virus Checkers

Trend Micro Housecall – will scan and remove threats
BitDefender Scan Online – will scan and remove threats
Ewido Online Scanner – (Now AVG) will scan and remove threats
F-Secure Online Scanner – will scan for rootkits as well
Jotti’s Online Malware Scan
Kaspersky Online Scanner – appears to only scan for but not remove threats
Panda Activescan – appears to only scan for but not remove threats
McAfee FreeScan – appears to only scan for but not remove threats
eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner – will scan and remove threats
Symantec Security Check – will scan and remove threats
Dr.Web Online Checkuser can upload and test for threats on particular files

Rootkit Removal Tools

Trojan Scanner

TrojanScan by

Free Antivirus Programs to Download


TCP/IP and Winsock Repair Utilities for Windows XP and 2000

LSPFix by
Winsock XP Fix
XP TCP/IP Repair utility

IEFix Utility for correcting Internet Explorer problems