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    Review of Anti-Spyware software

    Fairly clearly, these are just paid-for ones http://www.anti-spyware-review.toptenrevie...spyware+removal

    Should PestPatrol have been in there somewhere? It's not even in the "top 17"...

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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    Anyone interested in reviews probably should also read <post#=414787>post 414787</post#>, "Anti-Spyware Tests."

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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    It is also interesting to note that 4 of those top 10 (including # 1) are listed as Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products at SpywareWarrior! Now I know I don't trust these reviewers!

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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    John - do you vouch for this Top 10 site? I've been doing some checks and really can't find anything about them except for a fancy web site.
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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    A final note - after doing further research, it appears that TopTenReviews is affiliated with the retail outlets for the products they review and for which you can buy through their site. This at least gives the appearance of bias in their reviews.

    The SpywareWarrior Rogue list above does not have any financial ties to any product associated with spyware removal.
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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

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    No, I just found the site and thought it looked interesting. Your research is lots more than I did! Sorry...

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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    No problem! I admit, their site is very professional looking - but I guess that just means they have someone that is good at web design.

    I do recommend everyone verify any reported anti-spyware tools by checking the the SpyWare Warriors Rogue list above. Eric Howes, the developer of the list, has received considerable recognition for his work at exposing supposed anti-spyware - which turns out to be spyware in itself!

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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    Here's an interesting and timely read. Yesterday's SpywareInfo Newsletter reports that the TopTenReviews top pick has now partnered up with a well known adware company!
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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    Bill,

    I checked your link to Spyware Warrior and found no reference to Spyware Eliminator by Aluria, the #1 program in the review John linked to. There is a reference to Spy Eliminator (see screenshot), but it's not the same product. Spyware Eliminator can be found at http://www.aluriasoftware.com/, not at securetactics.com.
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    Re: Review of Anti-Spyware software

    You are right Doc, Thanks - I saw that earlier and did not get back to correct it. I don't know how I did that. Fortunately, it does not change the picture that this TopTenReviews sites at least "appears" to have some sort of financial affiliation and possibly interest with the products it rates. That, IMO, taints their reviews.

    FWIW, I have been in contact with Mike Eltzroth, Vice President at TopTenReviews - I am waiting for a response from him again. I expressed my concerns with his review (this is not the only one - his review of Spam blockers contained inaccuracies as well) and pointed these out to him. It will be interesting to see how he responds. I note that, as John first pointed out, that all the reviewed products are commercial products and asked why they did not review 2 of the most popular spyware scanners in use, AdAware SE and SpyBot S&D?

    I'll keep you posted.
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