Anti-Spyware, Malware & Hijacker Tools

    McAfee have a new tool to fight malware & fake anti-malware pests if anyone wants to try it, called GetSusp.


    You have to join the private GetSusp Group to get it and apparently they are now having a lot of success especially with all these new and prolific fake anti-malware pests.




    Membership is required.  You can also discuss it in that group and provide feedback.


    Please read this McAfee article: Required Reading - Home User Assistance, Malware Troubleshooting


    If you can isolate the malware that isn't being detected you can try submitting it to McAfee Laboratories.


    If possible locate removal tools on the web for whatever the infection name that is bugging you -  Google can be your friend.   Be careful what you pick though!  Avoid cures that simply say 'Click Here'.


    Here are some FREE programs that you can download to get adware/spyware removed from the machine (keep them AND your computer updated!):


    Some infections are difficult for antivirus software to remove because of the way they work or because they are constantly mutating and that is where certain anti-malware tools come in handy.  By the same token, these tools aren't that good at protecting you from the millions of infections that your antivirus application already keeps out.  It is by no means a bad reflection on any antivirus application that one finds oneself resorting to using these tools.  They are meant to supplement your protection.   But keep them updated!




    - we are not responsible for any problems caused by these programs. Most have their own support. Also note that anti-spyware software will often remove all your good cookies (along with any bad ones of course) - so you have to be careful what you delete when the scan finishes.


    Users will have to check each website for operating system compatibility.  Remember to keep them updated!!


    AdAware Free has been removed as it now contains virus protection and having 2 such entities on your machine can compromise security.


    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free)

    Download the free version here:

    Support Forum:


    Microsoft Windows Defender (Free)

    (Included with Vista and Windows 7 systems but available for Windows XP SP2 & up as a free download).



    Click here for SpywareBlaster (Free)
    Home Page:

    Support Forum:

    Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. Block spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted sites in Internet Explorer.

    (Free, unless you want the auto-update feature).


    SuperAntiSpyware (Free)

    Also if you want to use an 'on the go' scanner using a USB stick there is SuperAntispyware Portable:

    Support Forum:


    Click here for SpyBot Search & Destroy (Free)

    (We recommend that you do NOT install or activate its "Teatimer" component as it will clash with McAfee)

    Home Page:

    Support Forum:

    How to use SpyBot:


    Don't forget to keep all these updated




    For stubborn infections that nothing seems to budge try using an application called "Hijackthis" and posting its log on one of the specialist forums below. They will check it and help you get rid of whatever ails your machine.  Don't try to fix it yourself.




    Do not post Hijackthis logs here, we can't help with  those!


    Post the logs at a specialist Forum:


















    Be sure to read all the sticky announcements/instructions at the top of each malware forum!


    Good links and general Security advice:


    Let Google be your friend. It helps to look up the name of the infection because often it has a cure readily available.


    The forum search mechanism at the top right of this and every page can also be of great help.


    Lastly, I can't stress how important it is that you keep Windows totally up to date at all times.  On the second Tuesday of every month Microsoft releases important security updates which you avoid at your peril.  Of course updates occur at other times too and you shouldn't ignore any critical or non-critical updates using the optional Microsoft Updates (see Windows Update settings), with few exceptions.  Those would for example be language packs.. perhaps, or driver updates for hardware that you prefer to update yourself, in which case you can opt to hide the update so it wont be presented again.  Never hide critical updates, that's asking for trouble.


    Also avoid using registry cleaners and optimizers, most of their benefits are imagined and many of their disadvantages are real, like the deletion of important registry keys belonging to other applications, McAfee included.




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