What are the best products for eliminating spyware?

By dhart ·
I would like your opinions as to what are the best spyware and adware removal applications. I am currently teaching a Computer Technician class and we are researching to find out what IT community feels the best products are.

Thank you!

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Many people like to use multiple apps for this

by seanferd In reply to What are the best product ...

and any malware related threats. The likelihood of <s>catching</s> detecting everything is increased this way.

Specifically for spyware/adware:

Spybot Search & Destroy
Spyware Doctor
Spyware Blaster
Adware Alert
AVG Anti-spyware
CCleaner (or other good registry and file cleaners like JV16, etc.)

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Unfortunate turn of phrase, methinks: ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Many people like to use m ...

"The likelihood of catching everything is increased this way."

For "catching" substitute "detecting". :)

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by seanferd In reply to Unfortunate turn of phras ...

Very good point!

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Anti-spyware products abound like Religions ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What are the best product ...

And like religions, each one is followed and revered religiously.

In other words, they are all good depending on your viewpoint and personal preference.

My chosen weapons of choice include:

The entire AVG stable: AntiVirus, AntiSpyware, AntiRootkit.
Spybot Search and Destroy.
Lavasoft - AdAware.
BillP Studios - WinPatrol
CCleaner - good for ridding the registry of post-apocalypse spyware detritus.

You couldn't pay me to use any of these:

Anything bearing the name of Norton or McAfee.
Definitely not Windows BitDefender <yeuch!!!>

<Edited for typos>

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I tend to use...

by james.lewsey In reply to What are the best product ...

Spybot and Ad-Aware and I've recently started using CCleaner too.

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It depends on whether you mean prevention or detection/removal

by robo_dev In reply to What are the best product ...

I've got six machines running "Trend Micro Internet Security" and Trend Micro "PC cillin" and the Trend products seem to work very well, and several running AVAST (free) that also remain spyware/virus free. Have had mixed results with WebRoot SpySweeper.

It is important to note that with a dilligent proxy server, the exposure to malware is greatly reduced. At my office, Websense does a very good job of blocking access to sites that host malware, therefore the local PC anti-spyware is not as critical.

Similarly, I have setup strict 'whitelist' proxies for parental control (AllegroSurf Proxy). By limiting the kids to a specific set of approved websites, malware is not an issue.

Removal of bad infections:
Now when working on my 'computer challenged neighbors pc', then the various detection and removal tools come into play. Spybot S+D, the Trend Housecall (online scanner), and various others.

One huge caveat is that there are many spyware makers who install spyware and then basically hijack your system to get you to buy their anti-spyware. I saw this on my neighbor's PC...he had inadvertantly loaded two very nasty spyware packages that he was led to believe were anti-spyware.

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