What are the best anti-spyware?

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    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Carlos Alberto Duarte
    Written on September 27, 2017
    "What can I say about MBAM that I haven't said before? It's the best rootkit scanner you can find. Sure, now, it's getting a bit nasty in the GUI, with the candy interface that all Windows apps seem to use these days, but it still functions, and that, really, is what matters most to me. I got a seriously nasty virus browsing some adult entertainment sites, and MBAM sorted me right out. "
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    #2Avast Mobile

    Avast Mobile

    Our favorite free malware app. You'll get malware protection and also full scans, privacy advisor, customizable blacklist, and many more features.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Mildred Welch
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "Avast is a malware protection app for mobile devices. It is a good choice for anyone looking to protect mobile devices, specifically, but not for PCs."
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    #3Spybot - Search & Destroy

    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Spybot - Search & Destroy is an antivirus protection software developed by Spybot. It protects your pcs against harmful viruses and malware, such as trojan.


    $15.99- Varies by plan

    Wayne Hunt
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Since I'm stuck with Windows because of work I needed to protect it from all the viruses out there. I downloaded Spybot and it seemed to take care of everything. I upgraded so I could get all the security features so it would truly be an all-in-one package."


As of 2017, Avast Antivirus is the most popular antivirus on the market and owns the largest share in the market for antivirus applications. Avast antivirus is an internet security application developed by Avast, a Czech multinational cybersecurity software that has over 400 million users. Avast Antivirus products offer free and non-free computer software versions which provide computer security, antivirus software, firewall, browser security, anti-spam, and anti-spyware from other services. 

Anti-spyware is a software program that detects and removes unwanted spyware programs or malware that is installed on a computer without the permission or knowledge of the user. A malware collect information from computer’s owners but most of the time, spyware degrades the system performance and takes up processing power, installs additional software, or suddenly directs the user’s browser activity. Avast Programs are available to Internet-connected devices and in 45 different languages. Their product range for Microsoft Windows includes Avast Free Antivirus, free for non-commercial and home usage; Avast Pro Antivirus for home use; Avast Internet Security, includes all the features of Pro, with the addition of a silent firewall and antispam. Does not need registration, but does require a license or activation code; Avast Premier does not require registration, but does require a license or activation code; Avast Ultimate, includes Avast Premier, SecurelineVPN, Cleanup Premium and Password Premium in one yearly cost

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    #4Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Kaspersky Total Security is a malware detection and removal tool developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically designed for detecting and protecting a PC against harmful viruses, ransomware, anti-spyware programs, trojans, and other security threats.


    Windows, Mac


    Daniel Diaz
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Kapersky AV is consistently the highest rated in the business. There is a reason for that: who else could be better at catching spies than a former KGB commander? I have seen every other major anti-virus/anti-spyware break, but not this one, and I have serviced computers and helped people learn how to function better on them for over 2 decades. International political drama aside, Kapersky's products work and work well. "
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    #5AVG Antivirus

    AVG Antivirus
    Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.

    Windows, Mac


    Dolores Lozano
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "AVG makes a great free product, but its paid product is for crap. Every review site out there INCLUDING Consumer Reports has thoroughly panned AVGs paid product for lack of functionality and for extremely poor customer service. I wouldn't pay for their product, and if you've already paid for it, I wouldn't install it."
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    #6Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus is a malware and virus protection software with on-the-cloud scanning processes. It alerts users when spyware or adware-infected apps pose a threat to their devices.


    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Phillip Hughes
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "Avast's Online Security installs in your browsers and offers several useful features. To start, it marks up safe and unsafe websites in search results. Password management is an unexpected feature for a free antivirus. Avast's handles all the basic functions, and does them well. Avast offers advice on the construction of a strong password, with a color-coded line representing the strength of what you've typed. When using all that Avast has to offer, I find that its usefulness often makes me forget that it is free."
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    #7Bitdefender Security & Antivirus

    Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
    Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.

    Windows, Mac, Android


    Lawrence Ellis
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "It seems like I hear a story about hacking and data breaches every week now, so I wanted to find the Anti-Spyware I could find to keep myself and my private data protected. I decided to give Bitdefender Security & Antivirus a try since it was available on my Android phone. I have to say it does work great, and I like the fact that there no advertisements in this app. My only complaint is that it does run automatic scans, but other than that this is a solid anti-spyware solution."
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    #8Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    A basic but worthwhile app. If you don't have time to configure complex features, the Kaspersky app it's all you need to protect your phone. 



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carl Herrera
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "Wrong! These people are in bed with the russian totalitarian government! I realized that Kaspersky is used to spy on the intelligence agency and anyone else using this awful software. I immediately uninstalled it and never used it again! Kaspersky has worked with the russian government to pass on personal information gathered by it's service. I didn't want my information to be stolen and given over to the FSB in russia (former KGB)."
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    #9Webroot Secure Anywhere

    Webroot Secure Anywhere
    The good news is that Webroot Antivirus has the quickest scanner on the market. The bad news is that it is one of the most expensive malware removers!


    $59.99- Annual fee

    Frank Jenkins
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "Webroot is probably one of the best antivirus programs available. I have used it for a while and it has kept my devices safe and secure. It is a bit on the pricy side, but it is definitely worth it to spend the extra money."
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    #10Avira Mobile Security

    Avira Mobile Security

    Protect yourself from mobile threats with this security app. You will be able to stop spies from seeing your camera, identify apps that may compromise your privacy, and remove adware from your phone. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Dennis Payne
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I went to the google play store looking for an antivirus software app and stumbled across this. It comes in a free version and a premium paid version through an in-app purchase. I find the software to be on point in what it offers. It protects my android phone from trojans and unauthorized app access. I recommend it. "
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    #11Avira Free Antivirus

    Avira Free Antivirus
    Avira is an anti-virus software for Windows and Mac computers which features real-time protection against various malware, spyware, and adware, as well as blocking known threats and repairing damaged files.

    Windows, Mac


    Bryan Butler
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "In terms of both effectiveness and cost, Avira is the beat Anti-Spyware for my uses and for my computer. When I was looking for Anti-Spyware, I found that Avira provided everything I needed in terms of protection and scanning. "
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    Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  



    Free- $48

    Kathy Mason
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This is good if you're looking for anti-spyware. It helps protect your computer without constantly annoying notification like other anti-spyware."
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    #13Trend Micro Premium Security (2017)

    Trend Micro Premium Security (2017)
    Trend Micro Premium Security provides comprehensive, multiple device protection so you can enjoy your digital life safely. Supports up to 10 devices.

    Windows, Mac

    $39.95- Free Shipping

    Lawrence Diaz
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "Although a pretty unknown spyware the reviews are decent. I'd say it's not the best since there's some that do what it does for free. On top of this, there's better paid software out there to say this isn't a good purchase."
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    #14K9 Web Protection

    K9 Web Protection

    K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 allows you to protect your kids from adult content and protect your computer from spyware and malicious sites.


    Windows, Mac


    Nicolás Carrasco
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "My kids wanted more internet access and I didn't feel very comfortable about it. I got this program and was able to restrict access to adult sites and other questionable content. It works great!"
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    #15SpyOff VPN

    SpyOff VPN

    SpyOff VPN is an anonymous and secure high-speed VPN available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. One SpyOff VPN account can cover all devices and the software service also has a 30-day money back guarantee.


    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Sara Owens
    Written on October 31, 2018
    "The name says it all! This is more handy for browsers more than anything else."
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    #16CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X

    CleanMyMac X is software available for free download for  Mac users. It cleans up unwanted apps, broken programs, frees up large junk files, and even speeds up device performance. It also includes Malware protection to ensure its safety.



    $34.95- Free trial available

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    ProtonVPN will disguise your IP address to strengthen your online security and privacy for free. It started out as a crowdfunded project when it first launched in 2014 and continues to be one to this today.


    Android, iOS, Windows, Linux

    Free- Varies by plan

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    IdentityForce is a website and offers proactive identity, privacy, and credit protection for individuals, businesses, and government agencies. The service offers early warning systems, monitoring, and recovery features.


    Varies by plan

    Austin Wood
    Written on February 26, 2019
    "Pretty nice service and lets you control your security settings easily. Nice spyware and protects more than just your personal info, even your tax payments, bank, accounts, and whatnot."
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    Intrusta is an anti-malware and anti-spyware tool which will protect your digital footprint from all types of malware and viruses. It also has advanced anti-ransomware protection and anti-adware. 


    Mac, Windows

    $19.99- $44.99

    John Soto
    Written on February 5, 2019
    "Thanks to this anti-spyware program i feel secured whenever i visit suspecting websites that i think will get my financial information and share it with swindlers. "


Best What are the best anti-spyware
1MalwarebytesSoftware 77 Free
2Avast MobileApps 49 Free
3Spybot - Search & DestroySoftware 40 Paid
4Kaspersky Anti-VirusSoftware 37 Paid
5AVG AntivirusSoftware 29 Free
6Avast AntivirusSoftware 28 Free
7Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 27 Free
8Kaspersky Antivirus and SecurityApps 26 Free
9Webroot Secure AnywhereSoftware 22 Paid
10Avira Mobile SecurityApps 21 Free

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