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 Security Spyware Obstacle Course II - anti-spyware contests occasionally has some great articles, tutorials and advice in their Spyware Center. They've recently taken the major anti-spyware tools and put them to the test. This time Ad-Aware came out on top. One thing to remember is that having more than one spyware scanner is the best defense. I usually recommend Ad-Aware SE and Spybot S&D with TeaTimer.

WebsiteTip (some of the programs reviewed are not freeware)

Quote from the website - This time around we've upped the ante. We've chosen a different problem program bundled with even more vicious spyware. Instead of the Unsavory Six from our last obstacle course, we now have the Evil Eight. These represent both widespread and newer spyware threats. Our antispyware contestants consist of some of the same big-name programs, with a couple of new entries that have become popular. The roster, in alphabetical order, is:
eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware beta
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spyware Doctor
Webroot Spy Sweeper
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