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Malware Scanner

By Malware Remover Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Considering the amount of effective and free antispyware applications that crowd the scene, we have a tough time endorsing one that can't even remove the intruders it finds. There's no doubt that Malware Scanner's interface is slick, but it could be more convenient. For instance, the nonresizable window and the small pane for displaying information make viewing lists of detected threats a chore. And similar to many programs of this class, this one eats a large amount of system memory when running in the background. This app's real-time adware shield somewhat disappointed us; it stopped a number of nasties but also let through some well-known spyware components. The malware scanner fared much better, quickly and accurately ferreting out the lion's share of adware we installed for testing purposes. Unfortunately, the demo won't actually remove any of the malicious programs it finds, which is a serious problem in our book. Therefore, we'd suggest most users pick from the many more functional antiadware utilities at their disposal.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1.0.5

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added April 20, 2005
Version 2.1.0.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Popularity

Total Downloads 26,907
Downloads Last Week 3
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Developer's Description

Malware Scanner is on the front lines of the fight against spyware. The immunizer protects you from Active X-based threats by preventing them from being installed on your system. This adware-, spyware-, key logger-, trojan-, dialer-, hijacker-, and trackware-removal utility scans your memory (for active-memory ad components, which are not stored on your hard drive and last only as long as the computer is powered up). The program also scans the Registry and drives for known adware modules, for known spyware and thiefware parasites, and scumware components, and lets you remove them safely from your system.

System guard is a real-time monitor that watches your memory and Registry for spyware that tries to install or change your system, and removes bundled spyware components from Kazza, Morpheus, Audiogalaxy, Grokster, Limewire, Imesh, and Gnutella. Its features include a spy add-and-remove utility.