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"Editors Choice" Removes all Viruses, Malware & Adware. AV-Test Top Product Award 2021. Built-in Internet Security
Protects Against All Malware, Viruses & Adware. Includes Free Cleaner & Optimizer.
Fantastic Windows antivirus. Quick setup and simple to use. High protection level.
Good antivirus and security, parental control. AV-Test & AV Comparatives Certification.
Norton are a trusted brand and been in antivirus for many years. Av-test certification.
Well known virus software, AVG are reliable and relatively easy to use. VB100 & av-test certification.
Avast have many addon products built into the one app. VB100 & av-test certification.
Mcafee is good quality Antivirus software, slightly expensive. Av-test certification.
Good AV test lab scores but a little pricey, but good solid antivirus.
Malwarebytes famouse for predominately fighting malware. AV-Test participant.

What to consider when choosing your Antivirus provider

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'Spyware' is an extremely dangerous variation of malware (the general term for a computer program created solely out of malice: with intent to cause harm to someone's computer or steal sensitive information/files). The consequences of contracting spyware and not removing it instantly can be catastrophic. In most cases, it leads to theft of some sort; your identity and money are the most common targets for the creators of this particular malware strain. 'Spyware' is an umbrella term for a multitude of illegal programs, for example, keyloggers and trojans, which you may have heard mentioned in the news. In general, they are awfully bad news, but that's not to say there isn't a way to prevent being spied on in the first place...

If you look online, you'll be able to find hundreds of companies offering antivirus software, but not all of them are up to scratch. There are plenty of factors you need to take into account when choosing the best security suite for your needs, there are price and feature sets just to start! But we aren't looking for an anti-virus, we are looking for a piece of software which can reliably remove and protect our computer from spyware. For this, we highly recommend Scanguard.​

Compared to other spyware removal choices, Scanguard is a baby. Their software has only been on the market for 6 months at the time of writing this article, but don't let that take away from the program's astounding ability to pinpoint existing computer safety threats. Not only will Scanguard find and remove all threatening malware from your PC (or Mac), but it also protects your machine from attacks in real-time and can even provide performance optimizations, which is worthy of the small monthly fee all by itself. 

Spyware is designed to lay low and undetected, meaning those with this type of malware on their computer are, more often than not, completely unaware. To quote the age old adage "better safe than sorry", here at TheTop10Antivirus.com we wholly recommend running a free Scanguard scan to see if you are affected, even if you are 100% sure your computer is secure.

Spyware is software that covertly gathers a computer user’s information through an active internet connection without their knowledge.  Spyware applications are typically bundled into freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the internet, however, most of these downloadable programs are clean and not infected with this type of virus.

Once installed, spyware typically monitors the activity of the user and sends data back to the creator of the spyware program, without notifying the user whatsoever.  The type of data that is usually collected are usernames, passwords, emails and even credit card details.

Spyware is actually pretty similar to a Trojan Horse in the way that it gets onto the machine in the first place.  The user unknowingly installs the program when installing something else.

Besides the questions of morality and privacy, spyware can use a considerable amount of the computer’s memory and bandwidth, due to it sending information back to base.  This can, therefore, affect the computer’s performance by causing system crashes and reducing the reliability of the machine.  This can then lead to further problems, with the possibility of hardware malfunction and loss of personal data.

Do you ever think about reading the licensing agreements when installing a program? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, typically they are very long winded, so most people haven’t got the time. It turns out that a lot of licensing agreements will actually state that spyware is going to be installed onto the PC and of course by agreeing to this, makes it hard for you to have any comeback whatsoever.

Shouldn’t my firewall detect this kind of software and prevent it from installing? Technically yes, it should, but if you give the software permission (by agreeing to the licensing terms) then the firewall will believe that the software is perfectly legitimate and that it has no plan to cause any harm to the system.

A lot spyware is actually pretty harmless and only used for advertising purposes. Have you ever installed a program and next minute your browser’s homepage has changed to MySearchBar or something similar? This is a prime example of spyware used for advertisement. Okay, it can be a bit of a nuisance but luckily it’s not the end of the world, in these instances your data isn’t usually being logged. Of course you wouldn’t be able to tell if your data is being logged or not, so it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry and to install a spyware removal tool to get rid of it anyway.

Companies have also been known to install fully functioning browsers (torch is a great example).  These browsers are designed to look very similar to the market leaders (chrome, firefox and opera) so a lot of the time, the user won’t even realise that they are actually searching within a completely different program.  Again this could only be for advertisement purposes but we say this is far too risky, once you’re using an executable program, it has the potential to do a lot of dangerous things, from keylogging (capturing keyboard strokes to occupy passwords etc.) to system crashes.