Discover free spyware protection & removal
Stop intruders from stealing your confidential data.
It can be as slick and secretive as 007—but it’s the bad guy: spyware. It sneaks into your system and siphons out sensitive data. Block it now with Avira Antivirus and our free Spyware Cleaner.
Know your enemy
Understanding how spyware works is the first step to protecting yourself.
IT’S THE ULTIMATE PEEPING TOM
Spyware is a type of malware (malicious software) that infiltrates your device and collects and shares personal information about your computer or network.
- Monitors your internet activity, tracks your login and password information, and spies on your sensitive information.
- Commonly used by criminals to steal your name, address, passwords, and bank and credit card details.
- Also a tool for unscrupulous advertisers and companies to collect and sell market data about you.
IT COMES IN 4 FORMS
Spyware is one of the most common threats on the internet. There are four main types:
Adware: Tracks your browser history and downloads to display ads for similar products.
Trojans: Dressed as legitimate software, such as a Java or Flash Player update, to entice you to download them.
System monitors: Records just about everything you do on your computer, including keystrokes, chat-room dialogs, websites you visited, etc. System monitors are often disguised as freeware.
Tracking cookies: Tracks your web activities, including searches, history, and downloads, for marketing purposes.
SPOT SPYWARE SYMPTOMS
Spyware runs hidden from the user so it’s often difficult to detect. Look out for the following symptoms:
- Slower system performance and more crashes (it consumes resources like an annoying house mate)
- Increase in annoying behavior such as showing pop-ups and re-routinged web pages
- Altered web pages or default search engines
Why choose anti-spyware from Avira?
It’s part of our award-winning Avira Free Antivirus, so it’s technology you can truly trust for more than just spyware protection. Plus, it’s made in Germany and backed by our 30 years of expertise in protecting your digital world.
BE FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE:
Our real-time antivirus protection blocks viruses, trojans, worms, viruses, ransomware, spyware… in fact all types of malicious software, so you can live your life online with complete freedom and confidence.
Our spyware scanner doesn’t slow down you or your system, and neither does Avira Free Antivirus, which officially has the industry’s smallest footprint.
BE PART OF A GLOBAL ARMY:
Be part of a global army: Harness the power of collective intelligence! The Avira Protection Cloud is an ever-expanding virtual database of threat “fingerprints.” As soon as new spyware is detected, you—and all our customers—are immediately immunized against it.
Looking for just our spyware cleaner? Here it is!
You’ll find it in Avira Browser Safety. This free, discreet browser extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. It identifies and blocks unwanted application downloads and recommends secure alternatives. Also included is the ad blocker that blocks annoying banners and pop-ups on websites.
Please note: After installing your Avira protection, Browser Safety will appear in the Avira Launcher, but it still needs to be manually installed and activated!Find out more and download Avira Browser Safety here.