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