The sad state of Antispyware Programs
Last week PCWorld conducted another Antispyware test "Best Vista Antispyware" ... the results are scary!
Of particular note is the sections marked as "Inactive samples" for both adware and spyware ... the article defines this as:
"An inactive sample is like an application you've downloaded and haven't yet installed."
First I have to wonder where is SunBelt's CounterSpy? ... anyway the results do not give much hope to the average user that gets unexpectedly infected by a download that is bundled with a host of (unwanted) goodies ... it doesn't look to me like any of these programs do a very good job at "disinfecting" your system.
In the Adware section it is not good enough to detect "Active samples" ... where 4 out of 5 were 100%, but they need to do a much better job at removing what they detect. The Spyware section is even worse ... so what are you supposed to do?
1) Do not depend on freeware Antispyware programs to give you adaquate protection ...
2) Dealing with Unwanted Spyware and Parasites