There are many other options, and they are changing all the time. Among the
better ones (which can all be used alongside Ad-Aware and SpyWare Doctor) are
Spybot Search and Destroy from PepiMIK, SpySubtract from Intermute, and
SpyWare Blaster by JavaCool.
Chances are Norton and all the others will be offering spyware related software
products or upgrades in the very near future, and www.download.com
continues to feature the best in freeware, shareware, and trial versions along with
a fairly reliable review system.
There is also a great site that is fully dedicated to only anti-spyware programs,
and usually has downloads of all the free ones and the time-or-function limited
And by the way: Any time you see a pop-up window offering “anti” spyware products,
don’t believe it! Most of those are in fact scams that will download software that is
actually spyware masquerading as anti-spyware!
The importance of updating “definitions”
Updating definitions continually is even more important with spyware products
than virus products; since spyware is updated almost daily you need to update
definitions almost daily, and unlike a virus scan that can be run say once per
week, running a “quick” scan for spyware – which will focus on the commonest
places for spyware to hide – should be done daily.
You can then run a “full scan,” perhaps once a week.
You also want to update your Windows software regularly to get security
patches. Whether to turn on automatic updates or not is a complex question,
since some early release updates cause more problems than they solve until the
bugs are worked out.
We believe in running Windows update manually every month or so, which is
likely to bring you all the major security improvements without the problems of
beta or version 1.0 releases, on average.
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