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Microsoft Antispyware program
I know how much of us here dislike Microsoft, but I have to admit that Microsoft's Antispyware program is pretty damn good. One of my coworker's computer got hit with some pretty bad spyware (iSearch/iDownload) and none of the major spyware programs I tried could remove it. I tried Lavasoft AdAware, Spybot S&D, HiJack this, and Spyware Blaster!. The spyware was so intelligent that even when I did remove them from those anti-spyware software, they would keep coming right back and reinstalling themselves, even when I wasn't even connected to the internet. I finally gave in and tried Microsoft's Anti-spyware and it did the trick. Pretty sophisticated stuff. It's actually connected to a spyware network and is always up-to-date. Now of course, all this could have been prevented if she wasn't using Windows XP in the first place .....
Microsoft's Antispyware program is pretty damn good.
You will probably flame me for this, but I think that the core of Windows is "good" software. M$ has screwed it up by forcing crashes, viruses, hassles, licensing and of course, cost into the issue. Plus, as hard as it is for software to be rude, I swear Word is rude to people. Seriously. Anyway, that's my 2 cents.
I've found plenty of spyware that MS AntiSpyware program cannot remove. Neither could Ad-Aware or Spybot. Wipe and reload time...
However, I've had pretty good luck with Ad-Aware. One thing i usually do is make sure Ad-Aware is up to date, boot into safe mode, disabled everything in Startup in MSCONFIG and run Ad-Aware. Usually gets most anything that way.
Microsoft didn't make their AntiSpyware client. It, and actually Spynet, they bought when they purchased a company called GIANT. Need proof? Run MS Antispy and check your processes - I'll bet GIANTAntispyware.exe is running...