Spyware Terminator – Best Free Spyware/Malware Protection

Having tested virtually all of the major anti-spyware applications over the past year or more, I’ve settled, for now, on Spyware Terminator primarily due to its strong real-time protection against spyware, adware, Trojans, key-loggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats.

In addition to Spyware Terminator, my home system is running: Zone Alarm (Firewall), WinPatrol (System Monitor), Avira AntiVir Personal, ThreatFire 3 (Blocks zero-day attacks heuristically), SnoopFree Privacy Shield (Anti-keylogger). This is my minimum safety configuration; depending on circumstances, in addition, I will also use Sandboxie (a free sand box application).

A simple to use interface makes this program easy to setup, customize and run, for both less experienced and expert users alike.

Spyware Terminator excels in strong active protection against know and unknown threats. If anything, I find it perhaps a little overly aggressive. On the other hand, better this than the alternative.

The program rates very highly in offering protection against spyware, adware, Trojans, key-loggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats. The scan behavior can be customized based on your level of experience; ranging from automatic interception for the less experienced user, to potential threat control for the more experienced user.

A definite plus is the program’s ability to schedule spyware scans on a daily or a weekly basis to ensure your computer’s continuing integrity. When set to download updates automatically, Spyware Terminator will check for, download and install new updates, keeping all files current with minimal user input. Optionally, you can choose to update manually.

Included with Spyware Terminator is Open Source ClamWin anti-virus, a reasonably effective anti-virus solution. My personal choice however, has been to disengage this side of the package and to run Avira AntiVir Personal instead.

In the time I have been using Spyware Terminator as my principal line of spyware protection, I have not had to deal with a single instance of spyware infection. This application does what it says it will do in an efficient and effective manner.

Spyware Terminator is free for both home and business use.

Quick Facts:

Real-time protection

Spyware removal

Automatic updates

Scheduled scans

On demand fast scan

On demand full scan

On demand customized scan

On Boot file remover

Context menu scan option

AntiVirus integration

Free support

Multilanguage support

System Requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Download at: Download.com

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  5. Interesting post as usual Bill. I’ve been using a product called Superantispyware. Despite the name (a bit cheesy) it works extremely well. It’s been touted by some (Carry Holtzman) amoung others as being able to defeat XP Ativirus 2008/2009 one of the nastier bugs out there. Also smitfraud fix is a small free app that seems to get rid of Smitfraud if used with C Cleaner.
    Cheers
    Mark

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  7. The GUI looks nice but I’m concerned about having to pay for this software versus using the FREE search and destroy software. How does it compare to ‘Search and Destroy’? Is it updated more often?

    • billmullins

      Hi Adam,

      I think the article you refer to makes it clear that the free version of
      Spyware Terminator is just that, “free”. Spybot Search and Destroy is not
      even in the same league as Spyware Terminator, since it’s designed
      specifically to detect and remove “adware”.

      Bill