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    CounterSpy competitive upgrade

    If you use Windows Defender, Spybot S&D, or various other paid or free anti-spyware, Sunbelt Software wants you to switch to CounterSpy for $9.95: Sunbelt Software offers Competitive Upgrade to CounterSpy Version 2.

    I'm waiting for Microsoft to offer a 50% discount on Windows Vista for Linux users. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    But seriously, does anyone have good or bad things to say about this latest version of CounterSpy (version 2 released on Feb. 5, 2007)?

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    Re: CounterSpy competitive upgrade

    Hi, I used the previous version. I allowed my subscription to run out because at the time of release Version 2 had a big problem with entries in the registry in Japanese (I use western XP pro 2 but have support for Asian Languages installed). Basically if I scanned the registry the program locked up and I was forced to reboot to escape. I tried out the latest version of 2 and the issue has been fixed. However I'm probably going to skip the entire version because:

    1. Scanning seems really slow.
    2. Counterspy 2 automatically removes programs it doesn't like and has no whitelisting options.

    I use cmdow.exe and Counterspy flags this as a trojan and won't allow it to run. I think it is good that it identifies potentially dangerous programs but unacceptable that it won't allow me to change some settings to run the programs I want to. I wrote to Sunbelt about this and they replied that they might add whitelisting options with version 3. They are also thinking of adding anti-virus scans. I have a suspicion that the program will become another blocked kitchen sink app.

    I was hoping that Counterspy 2.0 could be a replacement for ProcessGuard which is a dead end product. I'm interested in security that focuses on preventing intrusion rather than searching for compromises. I keep some known clean disc images and if I think my system might have become infected I don't bother trying to clean it. I think once a system has been compromised it's little better than a turd in a toilet bowl. Better to flush it clean away!

    Surprisingly, I have, or perhaps had, a soft spot for Counterspy and chose it over Spyware Sweeper when that was all the rage. I tried it out on paranoid settings and Sunbelt suggested that if I turned the setting down that it might not clobber cmdow.exe. But, if I have to reduce the effectiveness of the program in order to use a risky application that is hardly a recommendation and not a wise solution.

    I think the discounted offer is a good price and I may suggest some members of my relatives get it but for people who overcustomize their PCs the current version is problematic.

    Hope this helps,

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: CounterSpy competitive upgrade

    I have been using Counterspy on our computers since version 1 and am quite pleased with it. There were some early problems with version 2 but those seem to have been worked out. I recommend Counterspy.

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