Internet puts your security in danger in this 21st century, as many unwanted people are always trying to access your information and steel your money by using malicious software. One anti-virus program isn't enough and you have to use good anti spyware, malware and adware programs along with it. If you want more information, refer previous post “What is the difference between Virus, Malware and Rootkit”
With the vast number of viruses, spyware, and other malware served up alongside Internet content, there's no question that everybody needs security software, but not everyone wants to pay for them.
Here is my top pick of great free anti –malware, spyware and adware programs –
Malwarebytes scanner detects and removes malware like worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, spyware, and more. It can detect malware automatically in real-time, before it can infect and to which your antivirus will miss.
Malwarebytes monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The Realtime Protection Module uses advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure.
In free edition of Malwarebytes, there is no schedule scans and you'll have to manually open the program and click the Scan button each time you want to check for malware.
2) Spybot - Search & Destroy:
Spybot is a free malware and spyware detection and removal tool for home user, that want protection for their own or their families Windows based Personal Computers and do not need additional antivirus protection.
Spybot is very lightweight, interface is clean and professional and it runs in the background without interrupting your activities.
Spybot is able to scan and remove malware and rootkits from your system. Spybot can scan single files or specific folders, even located on a network share. It comes with its own whitelist which helps to identify if files are legitimate or not, which helps to speed up the scan.
SuperAntiSpyware scans not just your files and memory, but your Registry as well in search of potential dangers. SuperAntiSpyware will remove all the spyware, not just the easy ones. Quick, complete and custom scanning of hard drives, removable drives, memory, registry, or individual folders. It can detects and remove spyware, adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, worms, key loggers, hijackers, parasites, root kits and many other types of threats.
But the free version does not include real-time protection, scheduled scanning and automatic updates.
AdwCleaner is a program that searches for and deletes Adware, Toolbars, Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP), and browser Hijackers from your computer.
AdwCleaner frees your computer of unwanted programs and malware, including adware, toolbars, and more. Regardless of how these programs ended up on your computer, this app can remove them quickly and smoothly. It also features anti adware host that will help to prevent advertising software from installing on your machine.
5) Ad Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+:
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines anti-spyware with a powerful antivirus. The free version of this software provides real-time anti-virus and malware protection with downloads protection. In addition it protects you while you browse the web by validating a constantly updated list of known bad URLs and websites.