Spyware detection software
What is Spyware?
Spyware (also called adware and malware) is a term used for software that is installed on a computer, generally without consent. Personal information about your computer and computing behaviours, including keystrokes, web browsing and documents on your hard disk is then recorded, and can then be used to tailor advertising, change the configuration of your computer, and send personal details to a remote computer.
Full details on spyware, and the effects it can have on your computer, are available from these pages on the Microsoft Web Site
How can I detect and remove spyware?
A number of applications are available which can detect and remove spyware from your PC.
VirusScan version 8.5i now contains an anti spyware module. This is available free of charge to all university staff and students and would be the recommended option for university users.
Visit the Download McAfee Antivirus page to find out more.
Windows Defender is a free application from Microsoft. Standard on Windows Vista, it is also available as a free download to XP Service Pack 2 users.
Click here to visit the Windows Defender download page (external link)
A number of other 3rd party applications are available including Ad-Aware and Spybot. Full details of how to install and use the software are included with the application. Please note other applications are available, these links are provided for information only.