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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The best Spyware protection software?

Republish of an older blog entry.  I still find this to be one of the best spyware removal software packages and recommend it to people that are ok with paying for it.  Alternatively there are some free packages out there that are pretty good like Lava Adaware and Spybot Search&Destroy.  I continue to find times machines are infected and normal antivirus/antispyware programs like Norton, Mcaffee, or Kapersky won't find or remove, then I reach for Spysweeper and it usually sweeps it clean (I've only run into one case so far it didn't, then Microsofts old windows defender saved the day).


The best Spyware protection software?

May 29, 2009
Spysweeper from Webroot? This is not for viruses, but for adware, Trojans, spyware, malware, etc. My first experience with spy sweeper was a few years ago when one machine I had, seemed to be using an extreme amount of CPU. It seemed to me to be some type of virus/spyware/adware. I was using a beta version of Microsoft’s onecare at the time to protect my pc. OneCare did not find anything. I tried to download a few other products but they didn’t find anything either. I figured why not call Microsoft since they were offering free support on the beta for one care. I did, after an hour or so of trying to detect the spyware OneCare could not the MS rep told me here, try this link and download SpySweeper it usually finds everything. I downloaded and ran it. Sure enough it found the spyware and removed it. Even since then I have been using spysweeper. Spysweeper certainly does a good job of finding items on your PC, the only problem is it’s shields sometimes seem to consume a large amount of CPU time for no obvious reason. On occasion when I see that happening I will disable the shields and only run sweeps when once in a while and when I need to. Generally this is one of the tools I turn to when nothing else can find a problem. Given a recent experience I will likely try the built in windows defender first and follow up with spy sweeper. You can buy it retail for around $29.95, or possibly cheaper online.

Update slightly newer version here: 

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Update: The protection lately doesn't seem as good as it used to be.

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