Some anti-spyware companies use confusing ads, and our tests show their
$20-$60 products are less effective than free competitors.
From the December 2004 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2004
You've almost certainly encountered the ads: A dialog box pops up on
your system, bearing the message "Warning! Your computer may be infected
with spyware" and suggesting that you scan your computer immediately.
Click it, and you often reach a Web site providing a "free spyware
scanner" that finds all sorts of malware on your PC--and then offers to
sell you software that will clean it all up.
Should you buy these products? Based on our tests, our opinion is no.
Following complaints from several PC World readers, we tested seven
heavily advertised spyware-removal tools-- MyNetProtector, NoAdware, PAL
Spyware Remover, SpyAssault, SpyBlocs, Spyware Stormer, and XoftSpy--and
found that none were as effective as reputable free products such as
Spybot Search & Destroy. A couple even installed new spyware.
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