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Think SpyBot S&D and Ad-Aware SE are enough?

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by lotuseclat79, Nov 25, 2004.

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  1. lotuseclat79

    lotuseclat79 Thread Starter

    Sep 12, 2003
    Read this article first:

    Study: Tools Let Spyware Slip Through Cracks at URL:

    Then check out The Anti-Spyware Test Guide at URL by Eric Howes at URL:

    During the tests, which pitted the top 20 anti-spyware scanners against spyware that comes embedded with peer-to-peer programs such as Grokster, Howes said he discovered that the malicious applications were capable of blocking the scanners.

    "In the second and third group of tests, one of the installed programs prevented the anti-spyware scanners from running on reboot," he said, noting that reboots are a common method used by anti-spyware scanners to remove stubborn spyware and adware that remain in memory on a PC.

    The results rated the Giant AntiSpyware detection tool as the best of the 20 scanners tested, but even then, Howes said the software detected only 100 out of 134 "critical" files and registry entries.

    During the first round of tests, Howes found that McAfee's AntiSpyware rated very poorly, picking up only 56 of 134 critical detections. InterMute's SpySubtract (72/134), Aluria's Spyware Eliminator (42/134), Lavasoft's Ad-Aware (82/134) and the popular Spybot Search & Destroy (40/134) also scored very low on detecting "critical" files.

    Once it sinks in that the most common approach most folks swear by, i.e. using SpyBot Search & Destroy 1.3 and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal (or later) is not backed up by Eric's evidence - one can then use the tested results to plan how best to get the most coverage for their computers.

    Don't forget to check out Benjamin Edelman's website located at URL: http://www.benedelman.org/ to figure out how ineffective our Congress is being with the laws they are passing - we all need to get involved in redirecting our Congressional reps to do the right thing rather than the ineffective political thing to get better legal protection against spyware.

    -- Tom
  2. hewee


    Oct 26, 2001
    I have seen Anti-Spyware Test Guide but wow that Benjamin Edelman's website was great. I never seen that before.
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