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What is AntiSpyware?

AntiSpyware programs attempt to block spyware from infecting your computer. These programs keep a list of where spyware usually installs itself on your computer. When they find spyware, they alert the user and give them the option of deleting it. We need to make sure to update AntiSpyware programs so that it stays up-to-date. 1

Many anti-virus companies, like Symantec, PC Tools, and McAfee, provide full security suites that include antispyware measures.


Some more popular and specialized antispyware include: WebRoot Spy Sweeper, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, and LavaSoft's Ad-Aware.

Concerns for Parents


Note that there is fake anti-spyware, called rogue security software. You have probably had the pop-up ad saying that you computer is infected and urging you to try their free scanner. Well, guess what? It is actually a rogue software that will direct you to pay for software that does not actually remove spyware,  and may even install spyware onto your machine. This is a scam and you should not install these programs. The following is a list of known rogue software currently being advertised: For a more comprehensive list, see List of rogue security software.

  • AntiVirus 360
  • Antivirus 2008
  • Antivirus 2009
  • AntiVirus Gold
  • ContraVirus
  • Control Center
  • Errorsafe (AKA system doctor)
  • MacSweeper
  • PAL Spyware Remover
  • Perfect Defender
  • Pest Trap
  • PSGuard
  • Soft Soldier
  • Spy Wiper
  • Spydawn
  • Spylocked
  • Spysheriff
  • SpyShredder
  • Spyware Quake
  • SpywareStrike
  • Total PC Defender
  • UltimateCleaner
  • WinAntiVirus Pro 2006
  • Windows Police Pro
  • WinFixer
  • WorldAntiSpy

How Can I Keep My Child Safe?

There are a few good practices to follow if you wish to remain spyware free. These steps are very similar to remaining virus free. First, pick a well known and trusted AntiSpyware Software. Second, keep the software updated. It can't work unless the registry is updated OFTEN. Third and finally, be more conservative when clicking on ads on the internet. If an ad sounds too good to be true, it probably is.