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There's always an arms race when it comes to the jack of all trades system tool: registry cleaner, anti-spyware, defragmenter, settings control panel. Some ZDNet readers, including myself, default to a combination of the free but popular CCleaner, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy and an antivirus program.
An alert blogger at BuggStompers picked up a brochure at his last visit to the bank. The brochure, titled "Protect Yourself From Malware" points you to a site to download Spybot search and destroy.
You can buy corporate licenses to Spybot, you can buy Spybot merchandise, you can even donate to Spybot. But you don't get the source code, you can't reverse engineer it, and you're not buying support.
Freeware application SpyBot Search & Destroy is the most popular anti-spyware tool used by Australian enterprises, according to a report on the domestic security market by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.Commenting on the Australian Information Security Satisfaction Monitor (AISSM) study, its author, Frost & Sullivan security analyst James Turner, said although the result was unusual, he was not surprised that a freeware application could take first spot in such an important area of security.
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program...
We revisited our Spyware Obstacle Course, running six antispyware contenders against eight pieces of spyware. We ran our first Spyware Obstacle Course last November, and Spybot took the win out of a field of five.
Spybot blows the venerable Ad-aware out of the water when it comes to protecting you against ad-serving software.
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