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Anti-Spyware Tips And Tricks

Anti-spyware technology isn't keeping up with the spyware threat, according to Security Pipeline readers.

When I put out a call for spyware information a couple of weeks ago, IT managers and consultants came back with highly useful advice on the best anti-spyware products, how they tell if your system is infected, and what to do about it if it is.

Readers said that anti-spyware products aren't accurate; they need to use two, three or even four products in combination to detect all the spyware on a system, and even then they're not sure if they got everything. Many systems managers are forced to go into the Windows Registry and Task Manager by hand and edit out rogue processes and settings.

Five products recurred in the recommended-use list: Microsoft AntiSpyware, Spybot Search & Destroy, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Webroot Spy Sweeper and HijackThis. But readers praised other products as well.

"Technology has a long way to go to keep this trash off business computers," said reader Bob Hunter. "I run ZeroSpyware 2005 on my desktop at work - but I still get spyware. I have to go into safe mode and run Ad-Aware, then Spybot Search & Destroy, and finally HijackThis. Even then, I am sometimes forced to search my registry. And this is all with Windows XP SP2 Professional, fully updated."

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