Which free anti-spyware software do you prefer?
- AGV Anti-Spyware
- Windows Defender
- Spybot - Search & Destroy
- Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Toool
- Yahoo Anti-Spy
I have a special folder on my desktop that I call my Anti-Malware Arsenal. It contains a number of anti-spyware programs. This morning I ran all of them in an attempt to determine which one was the most effective without removing the incumbent malware.
These are screenshots of the results I got:
There were two problems:
- Some programs didn’t pick up anything.
- The programs that did pick up malware, did not recognize the same items.
Afterwards, I also tried to use the “free” version of Spyware Doctor which recognized 32 infections, but when I tried to delete them, I was informed that I had to purchase it.
I’m also ran Yahoo Anti-Spy afterwards (after removing previously recognized malware) which identified a further item. I was surprised when I tried it the first time when it identified a trojan horse and removed it. The trojan horse was not picked up by any of the other programs.