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    Anti-Spyware Tests

    http://spywarewarrior.com/asw-test-guide.htm

    "Twenty anti-spyware scanners were pitted against a collection of 15 adware and spyware programs that were installed with the latest version of Grokster available from CNET's Download.com. The spyware and adware installed with Grokster were documented and then broken down into 134 "critical" detections, which included a mix of files, processes, and Registry entries (see the table below on this page for details). Each anti-spyware scanner was then allowed to scan and remove every instance of spyware or adware that it could find. The results of each anti-spyware scanner's performance in finding and removing the 134 critical detections are reported on separate "results" pages."

    Interesting to note results for some of the popular ones:

    <table border=1><td> </td><td>AdAware</td><td>Spybot S & D</td><td>Pest Patrol</td><td>Detections</td><td>82/134</td><td>40/134</td><td>86/134</td><td>False Positives</td><td>0</td><td>0</td><td>10</td></table>

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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    Well aren't those results depressing. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> If you agree with the test methodology then the detection rates are abysmal. Pest Patrol's relatively high number of false positives would make me be very skeptical of installing it.

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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    I'd agree with Joe that Pest Patrol's false positives make it unacceptable. Running Adaware and Spybot in conjunction with one another seems to be the best course of action. I didn't notice, but did the test make distinctions as to which spyware/malware, if any, none of the programs could remove and if the 80-some items that Adaware and Pest Patrol removed were different from the 40 that Spybot removed ?? My experience is that Spybot will find and remvoe things that Adaware just flat out misses and vice-versa.
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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    The information is a bit difficult to analyze on a product-comparative basis... hard to tell what it all means. I tend to share your experience with AdAware and Spybot performance though. Haven't tried pest patrol either.

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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    I use all three because in spite of false positives, which I rarely seem to get, PestPatrol does sometimes find things the others don't. Of the three, I've found SpyBot the least useful in *removing* spyware, but I do use its IE-resident feature, which stops a LOT of downloads before they can happen.
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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    Someone should mention that one product outperformed the three listed above, and that was "GIANT AntiSpyware" a $30 product which detected 100 items with 0 false positives. A trial is available: http://www.giantcompany.com/p_antispyware.aspx. I don't think there is a free version.

    As for the intriguing question of the score that a combined AdAware SE + Spybot S&D would score, that would be: 83.

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    Re: Anti-Spyware Tests

    Thanks for that extra info. It seems to me (just an impression) that the apparently overall "poor show" of such products, compared with antivirus products for instance, is due in part to the absence of anything equivalent to heuristic testing. Sure, there are bits & pieces to check for modifications to the registry in real time, checks for diallers etc., but the main reliance appears to be upon databases of "known offenders".

    There also doesn't seem to be an equivalent to that "in the wild" status waiting period, and maybe that's understandable because in some quarters, spy/ adware is considered to be legitimate; as opposed to viruses, which have no legitimacy in most contexts. Makes me wonder if such products will always be trying to close gates behind bolting horses. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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