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FF|Skyrider said:
I suggest you should not use Hijackthis, only if you know what you are doing. Messing with that program may cause Operation Sysem problems. Below you will see a big list, with download links and information. Some below are mentioned already. But i added as said above download links and some information about the program.

Adware/Spyware Detection & Removal
Lavasoft AdAware (Freeware)
Spybot - Search & Destroy (Freeware)
TrojanHunter (Free trial)

Adware/Spyware Prevention
IE-SPYAD (Freeware)
Javacool Spyware Blaster (Freeware)

Adware/Spyware Removal
CoolWebSearch - CWShredder (Mirror) (Freeware)
Windows Defender (beta) (Freeware)
Windows Washer (Free Trial)

AntiVirus
Unbiased AntiVirus Comparisons
a² Free (Freeware)
Avast Home Edition (Freeware)
AVG Free Edition (Freeware)
AntiVir (Freeware)
BitDefender (Freeware)
eTrust EZ Armour (Freeware)
McAfee FreeScan (Online Scan)
Panda ActiveScan (Online Scan)
TrendMicro Housecall (Online Scan)
NOD32 (30 days trial)
Kaspersky (Trial Version)

Firewalls
Kerio Personal Firewall (Freeware)
Sygate (Freeware)
ZoneAlarm (Freeware)
Kaspersky (Security Suite includes firewall)

Misc
~StartupList v2
Information: A simple tool that lists all and every auto starting program on your system. You might be surprised what it finds, this is way better than Msconfig. Commonly used to troubleshoot malfunctioning systems, trojan/viral infections, new spyware/malware breed and the likes

~Killbox
information: Pocket KillBox is a program that can be used to get rid of files that stubbornly refuse to allow you to delete them.

~Itty Bitty Process Manager
Information: A standalone version of the little process manager included in HijackThis (Misc Tools section). Shows full paths to processes, optionally shows DLLs loaded by processes. Can save the process list (and dll list) to file, as well as copy it to the clipboard. Compatible with at least Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and newer. Very useful for cleaning up systems infected with trojans or viruses that kill antivirus and antispyware


~Hijackthis
Information: A general homepage hijackers detector and remover. Initially based on the article Hijacked!, but expanded with almost a dozen other checks against hijacker tricks. It is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs/URLs, just the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites. As a result, false positives are imminent and unless you are sure what you're doing, you should always consult with knowledgable folks (e.g. the forums) before deleting anything. A rudimentary HijackThis log tutorial by me is available ~here~.

~Clean Up!
Information: CleanUp! is a powerful and easy-to-use application that removes temporary files created while surfing the web, empties the Recycle Bin, deletes files from your temporary folders and more.

CleanUp! frees disk space and reduces the "clutter" on your computer helping it to run more efficiently. It also can be used as a way to protect your privacy on the Internet. You can even instruct CleanUp! to securely delete files making it impossible to retrieve their contents using lower-level disk tools - just another way of protecting your privacy.

~CCleaner
Information: CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less that a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
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