From Eric Howes Website
About Anti-Spyware Applications
By all accounts, trying to find
an anti-spyware app has become increasingly difficult. As
threats expand to include different ways of covert install,
anti-spyware vendors constantly update and improve their
products. This can lead to an over whelming amount of
information and presentation of said information. Eric has gone
thru all the trouble of examining, in detail, many of the most
popular anti-spyware apps features, and has presented the
results into a greatly written, easy to decipher webpage for all
The next few links are all about the never ending confusing
world of anti-spyware programs. Until recently, there was no way
regular users of the Internet could find a comprehensive list of
programs of which to get unsolicited information, reviews and
testing. In stepped
Eric L. Howes.
By all counts, Eric has created a series of lists, tests and
comparisons of most of the major players involved in this sector
of anti-spyware programs which has become the go to source in
His exhaustive work in researching and digging out the
differences, abilities, resemblances and scams is a true
testament to his undying desire to help all of us regular folks,
make informed, logical decisions on which apps are best suited
for keeping the bevy of unwanted parasites awaiting us with
every click. We are all the more secure due to his dedication.
With the growing concern of adware, spyware and malware being
installed via unethical methods, the anti-spyware apps available
to help identify and remove unwanted threats, has grown to an
almost overwhelming number.
While many sites offer 'testing and comparison' lists, these can
and are in many cases, sponsored by some of the companies in
question, thereby making the results seem rather dubious. Not to
mention, many tests rarely if at all use a malware payload of
any significant number, thereby giving a rather small picture of
how any one app may perform.
The testing presented below, by Eric, are extremely well
documented, with a huge payload of malwares, installed via a
popular, well known app which routinely installs lots of
instances of unwanted 'extras'.
To date, (Mar. '07) there are
rogue\suspect apps listed. A number that is guaranteed to grow.
The links below will bring you to the pages created by Eric
after an amazing amount of work. Be sure to consult the notes
section at the bottom of the list for more information about the
list and how it is constructed. Some applications with an entry
below have been
Entries for those applications remain to point to explanatory
notes below the main list If you don't find an application
included on the main list of "rogue/suspect" anti-spyware
products below, you might also consult the list of
lesser known anti-spyware
applications that are not considered "rogue/suspect".
To see some of the most recommended and trusted anti-spyware
apps, see the
Products section. These apps have been tried an
tested over a good period of time, and most often recommended by
all the security forums which are members of
ASAP, and just
about any other respectable security forum on the Net.