1) Editor’s Choice: BitDefender Total Security 2010
BitDefender has won PC World’s #1 Best Buy award for its new antivirus and anti-spyware suite, BitDefender Total Security version 10. BitDefender’s premium products have been popular for years in Europe and elsewhere, and now it’s catching on in the United States as it surpasses the more familiar Norton and McAfee suites. BitDefender protects your computer in real time — defending you against malicious websites, emails and — most importantly — spyware, which is the leading source of identity theft.
Easy to install and updated automatically, BitDefender is an “install and forget” security program. No more annoying “in-your-face” scanning and reminders to upgrade your security software to a more expensive version, simply the knowledge that your computer is protected from virus and spyware threats. For advanced users who want more control over their computer security, BitDefender is also customizable to suit your needs.
2) Webroot Spy Sweeper
Webroot Spy Sweeper is the hottest anti-spyware on the Web today. It won PC World’s Editor’s Choice and Best Buy awards in 2006 and was Softpedia’s “Pick” of 2007. Even the most malicious and advanced spyware installations such as CoolWebSearch and Look2Me are no match for Spy Sweeper’s security suite.
Its easy-to-use interface and accessible online and telephone customer service allow users of all skill levels to protect themselves against spyware. Less computer-savvy users can click through the standard setup, while experts can customize their level of protection to suit their needs. Spy Sweeper also now offers automatic inbound and outbound email attachment scanning, the option for manual or automatic updates and the ability to seek out and destroy existing spyware on a computer that’s already infected.
At $39.95 for three copies, it is a great value
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3) PC Tools Spyware Doctor
Spyware Doctor is a very popular program — boasting more than 100 million downloads over its lifespan. Its won awards from Computer Shopper, PC World and tucows — and PC Tools “Best of the Year 2005 and 2006. Spyware Doctor offers free customer service to all its users, the latest security upgrades to let you know you are always protected, and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
Spyware Doctor has beaten many other programs in head-to-head spyware detection tests, and it consistently outperforms the competition in spyware detection, removal and blocking. Spyware Doctor is constantly evolving to block new threats, so even as the spyware coders are outsmarting other programs, Spyware Doctor is working overtime to protect your machine and personal information.
It’s available for download now for $29.95 for three PCs
4) Softvers AntiSpay 2.13
AntiSpy is designed to completely erase your computer history — all the websites you’ve visited, downloads you’ve made, documents you’ve sent. This is a great tool that is not quite as complete as the others but is a great value.
AntiSpy can erase your tracks from Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera, Mozilla, Windows and even IM messaging programs. It also clears your history from Windows Multimedia Player, ACDSee and RealPlayer, and it can rid your computer of its network logon history, records of opened files, all Internet searches, temporary files and swap files. Not only that, but it will clear your Cookies, program files you might have downloaded, Plug-ins, computer caches… the list goes on and on.
AntiSpy is also an award-winning anti-spyware program. It is not as full featured as BitDefender or Spy Sweeper, but for the casual user it is easy to use and reliable. Not only will AntiSpy ensure that Big Brother can’t look over your shoulder, it will also save you loads of space on your hard drive!
Available now for $24.95.
5) CA Anti-Virus Plus Anti-Spyware 2010
Computer Associates keeps getting better and their 2010 Anti-Virus / Anti-Spyware software is a good value. They offer real time tracking and are committed to improving their product.
Price: $49.99 for three PCs
Two other anti-spyware vendors get honorable mention:
CounterSpy $29.95 or 49.95 for all your PCs
STOPzilla earned the “TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award“ for outstanding performance.