Spyware removers, start your engines

Spyware removers, start your engines

Summary: The PC experts over at Ars Technica published a spyware-remover competition recently, similar to Download.com's Spyware Obstacle Course.

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The PC experts over at Ars Technica published a spyware-remover competition recently, similar to Download.com's Spyware Obstacle Course. Ars Technica compared Spybot, Ad-Aware, Spyware Eliminator, Spyware Doctor, and SpySubtract Pro, testing them against a list of spyware that included Bonzi Buddy, WeatherBug, and Kazaa. A well-written article, it includes commentary on the usability of each spyware remover. To give you the quick summary: Ad-Aware made the best showing in the competition because it could remove both VX2 and BroadcastPC, components with which the other spyware removers had trouble. Another article I came across recently, by computer consultant Michael Horowitz, offers some detailed guidance for removing spyware. He suggests a complete system wipe and reinstallation. Although this method ensures a clean computer, it's kind of extreme as an everyday remedy. However, if your machine is really far gone, the article offers great tips for rebuilding it.

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  • Spyware Removers

    Hi,

    Interesting competition that was between all of the top spyware removers.

    I personally use Ad-Aware so I was pleased to see it came out top! The only negative I find with Ad-Aware is that it does take a long time to peform a full scan, and even the basic scan takes a while.
    Having said that, I guess those programs out there that take longer supposedly are being more thorough and are finding more threats - any thoughts on that?

    Also, i'm not sure I quite agree with Michael Horowitz's theory of wiping the entire computer! Seems a little rash. I think that if your computer is slow and not reacting well the user should do 4 things.

    1. Run an antivirus program
    2. Run an antispyware program
    3. Run a registry cleaner program
    4. Defrag and then restart your PC.

    That should sort it out!

    Thanks,
    Alex
    http://www.spywareremoversolution.com
    alxmiller