New AntiSpyware Recommendation
I know what you are thinking… PC Tools? Are you kidding me? I’ve never used one of their products and since they sound like a mom-n-pop shop software company I don’t intend to now. Yeah, I know. I thought the same thing a few months ago.
I first heard of PC Tools on the Kim Komando show. (Point of order: NO, I don’t make it a point to listen to her but she comes on the talk radio station that I’m constantly tuned in to, not to mention that when she doesn’t give me heartburn with stupid laugh tracks I’m slightly amused at times.) Think what you may of Kim but I don’t think she would recommend crap. Then, PC Mag gave Spyware Doctor the Editor’s Choice award in the spring of 2007. This now lends enough credibility that I decide to try it out.
Fast download, easy install, good interface, great update, detected spyware and then I click “Fix”. The free version now prompts me to purchase the full version of Spyware Doctor for $29.95. That’s it… I’m done. I hate products that lure users in this way. Bunch of Hooey!! I go to uninstall and I’m prompted with a screen that tells me if I download Spyware Doctor via Google Pack I get the “Starter Edition”, which does everything I need. Namely, update, scan, remove. I’m already a fan of Google pack and I’m in a forgiving mood so I try the GPack version.
Why did I give Spyware Doctor and 2nd chance?
Why would I recommend you trying this software?
1 simple reason. It found over 40 spyware infections that had not been detected by Lavasoft Ad-Aware or Spybot S&D. That’s good enough for me.
It scans quickly, updates easily, and the detection rates seem very good. For the advanced users you will probably want to disable the “On Guard” protection to preserve system resources and note that Google Pack updater wants to sit in your tray to watch for software updates. I don’t like things in my tray. Call it OCD but if I want an app to run I’ll run it. However, these two things are easily disabled and for the average user both would have benefits in protecting the PC as well as maintaining up-to-date software.
Give it a try I’d love to know what you think.
Spyware Doctor by PCTools via GooglePack.