Microsoft AntiSpyware Does Well In PC Mag Roundup
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.
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)
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