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Yup, Microsoft took first place with it's AntiSpyware product by a fairly well respected magazine, Consumer Reports.  It beat out Ad Aware SE Plus, Allume Internet Cleanup, Computer Associates eTrust PestPatrol 2005, McAfee AntiSpyware, Spybot Search & Destroy, Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2005, and Webroot Spy Sweeper.

How well did it do in other reports?  It did not win PC Magazine Editor's Choice award, that one went to Spy Sweeper 3.5, but Microsoft was not included in that contest.  It does get the full 5 stars from CNET.

As I have written before though the whole Claria thing still bothers me:

From a July 12th, 2005 Post entitled: Spy vs. Spyware.

If you have not heard yet, there is a rumor that Microsoft may buy the notoriously large adware company Claria, of "Gator" fame. Why would a company dedicated to security that has its own anti-spyware software buy a spyware company? The best explanation I have heard yet is to compete with Google's advertising. Claria has the highest rate of clickthrough's on its ads, something like 40 times that of Google. So Microsoft could strip out those engines and apply it to legitimate products such as MSN and Hotmail for targeted ads without installing anything malicious on your machine.

But the following news greatly disturbs me. Microsoft's anti-spyware program no longer recommends Claria be removed, which it did before the rumors started. These are exactly the kinds of things people worry about when Microsoft gets into the anti-spyware and anti-virus game! They have conflicting interests so they are siding with the money, not the user. I think it's time to switch spyware blocking software.

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2005 7:22 AM Rants , Software , Security | Back to top


Comments on this post: Consumers Report AntiSpyware is #1

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> So Microsoft could strip out those engines
> and apply it to legitimate products such as
> MSN and Hotmail for targeted ads without
> installing anything malicious on your
> machine.

What?? I think you're missing the point here.

The spyware *is* the malicious stuff installed on my machine! It does not become "un-malicious" just because Microsoft pre-installs it--quite the contrary!
Left by Jack on Sep 10, 2005 9:59 AM

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