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."
"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
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