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    Anti-adware Misses Most Malware -- From the langa List

    By happy coincidence, noted computer author Brian Livingston covered
    anti-
    adware tools at the same time we were discussing them in recent issues
    ("Spyware Hype Vs Real Threats"
    http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-01-
    27.htm#2 ).

    Brian's work, analyzing data produced by Eric Howes, an instructor at
    the
    University of Illinois, shows that "nearly every anti-adware
    application
    on the market catches less than half of the bad stuff." Brian's
    recommendation is to use multiple anti-malware tools, so each can catch
    what others miss; they can backstop each other.

    Long-time readers will recognize this approach as the same one we've
    recommended in this newsletter many, many times. But I'd arrived at
    that
    conclusion empirically and anecdotally; Brian now offers statistical
    proof to back up my less-formal, seat-of-the-pants conclusion. <g>

    Howes' test results also show that Microsoft's free beta AntiSpyware,
    which we've previously recommended (
    http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-01-13.htm#2 ) is the current
    best
    of the bunch in antispyware tools.

    Brian and I both recommend Microsoft's AntiSpyware as one of the tools
    everyone should have; but beyond that, his recommendations differ
    slightly from mine in that he includes commercial tools in his top
    slots.
    I actually agree with Brian that the tools he recommends (e.g.
    http://www.webroot.com/ , $30) are good, but I know that far more
    people
    will use tools if they're free or nearly so. That's why my primary list
    includes only freeware and donationware--- to help ensure that cost
    isn't
    an excuse to avoid using these important defenses.

    Brian's report appeared in his Windows Secrets newsletter;
    http://windowssecrets.com/050127/ . Definitely worth a look.

    BTW, my recommendations--- all free for personal use:

    Microsoft Antispyware:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...e/default.mspx
    Spywareblaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
    Ad-Aware Personal Edition: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/


    From www.langa.com This is a great newsletter and I recommend you to sign up if you haven't already.

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    Sounds pretty good, especially the praise for M$'s AntiSpyware App... good they could come into a new market with flying colors...

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    All the kit mentioned will do some good and another notable is X-Cleaner ( www.spywareguide.com ). For the dirty stuff you always need HijackThis and a functioning brain. I would say they are all improving now that the exponential rate at which the spyware programs were increasing has now slowed. Well it appears that way to me anyway - until recently it seemed every one was a new one, now I get to see the same ones over and over again.

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    I tried MS anti-spyware and it wants to remove Flashget from my system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan
    I tried MS anti-spyware and it wants to remove Flashget from my system.
    LOL, must be the advert.dll section of flashget, sometimes it gets left behind even though you purchase it

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