Spyware is a hidden malware that steals information about your online activities, including passwords, credit card numbers and browsing habits. It can be disguised as a legitimate program or work in the backround to track you and report your activity to cybercriminals. They may utilize this information to get your identity stolen, take money or even hack into your account. Spyware could also display bizarre pop-ups, redirect your browser to unrelated sites or send out spam emails to your contacts that appear to be from you.
A majority of the top free antivirus windows 10 software applications include features like a firewall, heuristic detection and a large group of users to share virus definition updates. Some of them run real-time protection, and they are light on system resources. Some of the best ones are:
SUPERAntiSpyware is one of the most popular, providing four kinds of scans: Complete Scan (complete), Quick Scan (quick), Critical Point Scan (critical point) and a Custom Scan. It can be configured to block System Restore and Volume Information data. It can also run faster (called Scan Boost) and make sure to only scan certain folders. It also can detect spyware by file content rather than the extension of files and open and scan more than 20 archive formats (not just ZIP).
Another option is Malware Eraser, which focuses on removing and detecting only malware, not viruses or other threats. It has a simple interface, and is able to run a full scan or just check selected folders or drives. It can also detect suspicious processes and kill them. It is able to detect and remove viruses, spyware, rootkits trojans and worms.