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Microsoft AntiSpyware Does Well In PC Mag Roundup

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Microsoft AntiSpyware has come out well in PC Magazine’s roundup of antispyware software, tying for third place, but, more importantly, beating out perceived competitors Spybot and Ad-Aware.

The winner was Spyware Doctor, a $30 piece of software, and the second place holder was Spy Sweeper, also $29.95, so AntiSpyware was the highest rated free product in the review.


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The winner was Spyware Doctor, a $30 piece of software, and the second place holder was Spy Sweeper, also $29.95, so AntiSpyware was the highest rated free product in the review.

PC Mag was not impressed with AntiSpyware’s active protection or user interface, but these “pros” were good enough for a 3.5 overall rating:

Does a decent job of spyware removal; has excellent, detailed information about specific threats; can clean surfing traces; can restore many IE settings; blocks hijack attempts.

Meanwhile, Ad-Aware loses a bunch of points do to its lack of scan scheduling and ineffective real-time blocking. Considering most people use the free version, which doesn’t have real-time protection, you can probably drop its rating from 3 to 2.5 if you aren’t buying it.

Spybot rates surprisingly low, a 2.5 overall, because of lackluster (and annoying) real-time protection, a lack of useful information, and a bad, confusing interface.

(via Craig Newmark)

Links: PC Magazine’s roundup of antispyware software

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