Review: Testing anti-spyware programs: CNN tests spyware removers. No clear winner — he did the best by running two different progams at the same time.
[…] I tested Webroot Software Inc.’s Spy Sweeper, LavaSoft’s Ad-Aware, Tenebril Inc.’s SpyCatcher, Spybot Search & Destroy and Computer Associates Inc.’s eTrust PestPatrol.
To ensure fairness, I used Symantec Corp.’s Norton Ghost utility to make an exact copy of the infected hard drive before I tested any of the programs. Between each test, I restored the computer to its original sickly state.
It ends with this comment, which is the absolute truth (and should make Dave and Rob happy):
Still, neither Spy Sweeper nor any other software could completely shield me from a really dumb decision. I’ll soon be reinstalling Windows for a third — and hopefully final — time or else tell my brother-in-law to start saving for a Macintosh computer.
(Notice that he has to “save” for a Mac because they’re so expensive. By comparison, I can buy a PC with usually just the change in my pocket at any given time…)