Buying Spyware Elimination Software
Some questions to ask yourself
Spyware Elimination Software is available in a number of different ways. You can get it as a free download (from AdAware, for example) or you can buy it as part of a package of anti-virus software or purchase some strong spyware elimination software programs separately. Either way, you should make sure that the software does what it says it will do and that it updates frequently. Some questions to ask yourself as you are looking at spyware elimination software:
- Does it give you a list of detected spyware so you can decide which ones you want to eliminate for sure?
- Does it frequently update to stay ahead of the latest spyware intrusions?
- Can it run automatically? Can you set it to run when you do not need the computer? Most spyware elimination and anti-virus programs can be pretty expensive in RAM.
- Does an undo facility to allow you to undelete files you later realize you need?
- Does it stop spyware from downloading? In other words, does it detect threats?
- Is it easy to use?
- Does it have adequate product support?
- Does the cost match up with my needs?
If you have employees, you may not want to rely on them to run your anti-spyware or anti-virus programs individually. In this case, you may want to buy a robust anti-virus package that runs an adequate, fully automatic diagnostic to eliminate worrying about whether the software is being used properly.
Some free programs are available from Ad-Aware (by Lavasoft), Spybot Search and Destroy and CW Shredder. Many other free downloads are only free for 30 days (for example).
And spyware scam of all spyware scams: there have been many instances of companies claiming to be selling spyware removal software that was in fact infecting peoples computers with viruses and spyware.
You can also purchase well-regarded anti-spyware software from Spy Sweeper and Counter Spy. Less well-received anti-spyware is available from InterMute Spy Subtract and McAfee.