These products simplify the detection and removal of common software parasites.
Spybot Search&Destroy(Deutsch/English) - Free - Wow! This program has the most complete detection list I have ever seen. Spybot S&D is also able to replace some spyware files with dummy files so that other programs don't notice them missing.
Lavasoft AD-aware- Windows utility detects and removes many adware products, including TimeSink TSADBOT, Aureate/Radiate files, Comet Cursor, Cydoor and more. Free version available (for non-commercial users), Pro version also available.
PestPatrol- $30 for home use, free trial. PestPatrol detects a wide assortmentof spyware and remote-access and keylogging trojans.
Browser Helper Object removers
A Browser Helper Object is a small piece of software that integrates with the Internet Explorer web browser. While some BHOs are created for legitimate purposes, BHOs are also a favorite of seedy companies trying to track your Internet usage or serve unwanted advertising.
ActiveX Spyware Blocking
Many new pests are written using ActiveX. A security feature in Windows allows specific ActiveX programs to be blacklisted from your system.
Allow you to control software that loads at start-up.
Deskanker- Free utility to manage programs that autostart from the Registry. The newer (experimental) version also allows control of programs started in Win.ini/StartUp Folder.
ProcessViewer- Not a spyware remover, but a program that will let you see and kill every process running on your PC. (This entry will be moved to a "spyware tools" area when it is ready).
Note: I'm also working on my own spyware prevention utility. See here for a description of what I want to do (some devious stuff :)
If you know of an essential
malware elimination utility that should be listed here, or is better than
what's currently listed, please email me. (Please
note that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list; I am only listing a
couple of each type of utility, not every one known to Man.)