Thursday, December 22, 2005
The method used by AdWareALERT is based on the following three steps:
1. "Adware Alert scans your computer for hidden parasites and removes them permanently."
2. "The system cleaner works to repair and correct errors caused by ad and spywares and tweaks your PC for optimal performance"
3. "Pop-up ads are blocked before they have a chance to bother you again."
The advanced adware removal system by AdWareALERT seems to be very reliable. In my personal tests, it detected all known types of adware and spyware. I really found the product very user friendly, which is another advantage of the package.
Monday, December 05, 2005
XoftSpy, by Pareto Logic, is a new product targeted at the removal of spyware and adware. The product has been developed for the windows platform, for all common versions: windows 98, ME, 2000, and Windows XP.
The usability test performed shows that the program is very intuitive to use. The main interface shows the options of scanning the system, defining settings, defining backups of important files, and creating an ignore list.
The ignore list is very comprehensive: the user can define what programs or files are legitimate files, and should not be removed after the scan. This is a very useful feature, since many adware removal tools get confused with files that look like or have the same name of known spyware programs.
In general, XoftSpy provides a good balance of features and simplicity, and it can be downloaded for free for an initial scan of the system. We recommend this program as an effective tool against most type of spyware and adware.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Noadware is another software created to solve the problems windows users face with the new scare of the Internet: adware, spyware, malware, and other plages. This is a simple program that, when downloaded and started, will scan all files and configurations of your windows machine in search of the undesired programs.
The different between adware and spyware is subtle, but important. While adware will keep showing ads of programs that you are not interested in, spyware will even go as further as storing and sending your personal data, such as credit card numbers and passwords, to web pirates. No adware is able to distinguish between these types of programs and remove then accordingly.
No adware has the additional hability of removing unwanted items that are added to your browser when visiting some web sites. For example, some malicious web sites are able to change the initial web page of your web browser, so that you always visit that page when you start the computer. Other web sites add cookies (hidden information) that tracks the steps of the users, which can be later used by web pirates. Another headache for web surfers are sites that add a toolbar to the browser without clear permission of the users. No adware removes all these problems, and provides a clean report of all activities performed.