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Are you sure you selected the best anti-spyware?
by Richard Rossbauer
Everywhere you turn anymore - TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines - there's an advertisement for anti-spyware software -- all claiming to be the best of the best.
How can a person know which is the best one to really keep them safe?
I suggest that it'll take more than just one program to provide the best protection. Two, and possibly even three are necessary.
Making the best antispyware software choices among the increasing number of programs available can be somewhat overwhelming.
Here's a way to make comparisons and selections a bit easier. Just do a quick Google search for antispyware software reviews and you'll see more than 1,850,000 listings!
Change that Google entry to "anti-spyware software reviews" and the number drops to around 8000. Be sure to use the (") marks around your entries.
Next step, look for the most recent dates in the descriptions and find sources that are more recognizable, such as computer magazines (pc Magazine), etc. Check through the top 20 or 30 listings.
(You can follow these same steps if you're looking for the best firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, or other programs.)
Select and visit 5 or 6 of the top listed sources. The ones that include 'side by side' comparisons in their descriptions are often the better choices. Look for more results like those shown at these sites:
compare spyware removers, adware report, anti-spyware-review.topten,
pc Magazine review, and Smart Comparisons
Now you'll need to take a few notes. Write down the top ranking 3 or 4 software titles in each review. In addition to having the highest ratings, these often indicate the highest user popularity. This reflects user satisfaction with how well they clean out your computer, how difficult they are to download and install, and how easy the program instructions are to understand.
Select at least 2 of the titles that appear most often in all of the reviews.
Most of the top rated anti-spyware programs offer free scans or time limited trials. In your selection process, take advantage of these opportunities. When you do, you might be surprised to find that each misses some bugs that are found by the others.
That's why you need more than one anti-spyware program.
Also look into the benefits and features for a program that spots and stops incoming bugs while you are online. Very important. Select one of these, too.
Of course, your firewall and anti-virus programs must be up-to-date to minimize the spyware intrusions.
Conducting in-depth research and tests of spyware effectivness is well beyond the capabilities of nearly all everyday Internet users. But since it is being done by others, it just makes sense to me to take advantage of the efforts of those organizations and individuals who are doing it.
I believe it's up to us to help those home computer users, websurfers and Internet users who are less aware. A great place to start is with family, friends and peers. Helping them avoid the spyware traps, scams, and other malicious stuff will help us, too.
Encourage them to visit and learn from helpful websites, newsletters and reports. The Firewalls-and-virus-protection.com website and
Security Alert News Reporter will give them a good, and safer start.
... Richard Rossbauer
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