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Special Report: Readers Take The Offensive Against Spyware

Chances are, your users' machines are swarming with spyware and adware. Learn about the most-effective strategies that InformationWeek.com readers are using to combat spyware.

Special Report Table Of Contents:
What Is Spyware And Why Should IT Care?
Readers Share Their Spyware Strategies
Strategy 1: Tools, Tools, And More Tools
Strategy 2: Developing Enterprisewide Strategies
Download Software Recommended By Our Readers

Download Software Recommended By Our Readers

The good news about the spyware/adware problem is that effective tools exist to help conscientious users keep their systems spyware-free. Here are some of the best tools, with recommendations from InformationWeek.com readers where appropriate.


"Spybot is a remarkable tool. It can also immunize your PC and fix sock and network drivers that may have been altered/replaced."

--Charlie Dias, systems manager, HesseReynolds Sales

"I have been a big fan and user of Spybot for some time now. I recommend it to any- and everyone I speak to on this subject. The latest version, which offers a real-time spyware blocker [for a fee], has been invaluable."

--Larry Ramsey, consultant, Unisys Corp.


"Lavasoft's Ad-aware is very good at detecting and removing such problems, and it is simple to use. This lets users take responsibility for their surfing and the consequences it brings."

--John ThompsonWay, consultant, ThompsonWay Consulting


"Hijack. This has become a favorite tool of mine lately. It requires a little bit of research to figure out if the entries are legit or spyware. However, it maps out exactly what is running on the computer and makes the job of cleaning up the nastier spyware a bit easier."

--Edward Howard, systems administrator, University of Florida

Also noted by InformationWeek.com readers:

Symantec AntiVirus
AVG Anti-Virus
RegScrub XP
PC Bug Doctor
Spy Audit

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