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Can you trust anti-spyware software?

Is it possible that some anti-spyware programs could be actual spyware themselves? How can you really trust anti-spyware software?

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The best way to find out is through third-party evaluations. There have been quite a few roundups of various spyware programs lately, and the best ones still seem to be free, rather than commercial, products: Lavasoft's AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy are the two best. If you run each of them in turn, each often catches things the other doesn't, and Spybot S&D has many features for locking down Windows components from various attacks.

This was first published in January 2005

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