Three Great Anti-Spyware Software

October 2, 2006

Spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information through the user’s Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else.

Some spyware, like Toolbar888, are hard to remove and some tend to regenerate, lock system restore, or disable the firewall.

Fortunately, there’s a way to fight back. I will give you three applications which are very helpful in fighting attacks.

Microsoft Windows Defender – freeware

Microsoft Windows Defender
Microsoft’s Windows Defender has one advantage over the other applications. Since this is a Microsoft release, it is very much integrated into the Windows ShellMicrosot Windows Defender screenshot than the other applications. However, studies prove that it doesn’t identify all infections and is sometimes incapable of completely removing some infections. However, Defender will inform you of known infections as soon as it detects it, and will ask you if you want to remove it or ignore it. Defender has a couple more neat tools inside where you can monitor your computer.

Get it from CNET Download.com!

Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Proffesional Edition
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Professional Edition Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Proffesional Edition is a great choice for complete control over attacks. It scans pretty good, even though it eats up a lot of CPU. You can monitor active processes. But my favorite feature is the Active Protection. On Windows startup, a lightweight app pops up which will inform you of changes in the registry, tracking cookies, and harmful processes. I find this very helpful.

Although, I couldn’t find a trial or demo for the professional edition, there’s one for the personal edition.

Get it from CNET Download.com!

CounterSpy – shareware
Sunbelt Software CounterSpy CounterSpy has to be the best anti-spyware. It has a low-weight scanning ability and has a good number of tools, like PC Checkup, File Eraser, and the ability to monitor processes, BHOs (Browser Helper Objects), startup programs, and much more. It got a #1 Editors Choice on Download.com. I use this the most.

Get it from CNET Download.com!


If you’re serious about protecting your computer, I would first install Microsoft Windows Defender. Then, I would install the trial for both Ad-Aware SE Professional and CounterSpy and decide for yourself which one is better for you. If I were you, I would choose the light-weght, yet powerful CounterSpy. After you make your decision, buy it the official site (through Download.com) or another trusted site.But, this is only a small step in protecting your computer…there’s virus protection, firewall protection, etc to worry about.

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