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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best of Todays Spy Stuff; rocksolid reliable"

    September 25, 2006  |   By Zeno77

    Pros

    Spy Sweeper found a masked rootkit with keylogger, put in quarentine; acts almost like firewall as well. Webroot has a seperate firewall I am trying which seems O.K. My Acer PC was constantly rebooting; so I put windows xp home in safe mode with networking, downloaded zone alarm; and rebooted; zone alarm immdiately stopped the constant rebooting. Finally my pc would not go on internet; so I dis-abled all firewalls, removed Norton Internet seurity 2006; got back on internet. Next I may reload all, to be sure that I am rid of all masked rootkits with keyloggers. I sort of liked Spybot, but when I downloaded an update, all writing turned into Arabic, by then I knew the thing so well, I could still use it; I sent a message, but never heard back from them. I finally deleted most of it, as I did with with ad-aware. If they don't perform O.K., uninstall! If it is too expensive to uninstall, don't buy. I have gotten so much bad advice from Circuit City, where I bought my computer. I bought a year's come-out repair service for $99, they won't come out and fix anthing, saying that I should use my Acer warenty for a year, then their service will have expired also, without circuit city having done anything. So what did I need their lying crooked service for? So I will need to hire a battery of lawyers? Next time, I will buy online, from Dell or Tiger Direct or another. I don't want to have to speak to any retail crooks, nor hear their lies. Retail Stores are more full of crooks than any used car dealership. I like simple stuff. I am Thinking of Getting a partition maker/manager, Installing FreeBSD. Would consider Novell SUSE Linux. I use RoadRunner Lite, and can download a security suite for free, but I will also keep spysweeper; I would buy webroot windowwasher,if they would send me a CD for $10. I will try to sell the $86 Norton Internet 2006 CD, that Circuit City sold me; I asked for McCafe, but they denied carrying it, only Norton.

    Cons

    Well, it acts almost like a firewall, I am always having to respond to prompts; but this is a small price to pay for a very good product. I also use AVG-Free; tried anti-Vir, but it and etrust-stopsign, were rated as apyware/adware by some programs. I may buy the new spyware program, said to be comparable to webroot spysweeper; it is good to have two or more, of these things.

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