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Best Rated Spyware - Get Anti-Spyware that Really Works

Updated on June 20, 2011

You need the best rated spyware if you want to protect yourself and your family from identity theft. Everyone who uses a computer regularly knows the dangers of computer viruses and the damage they cause, but many people overlook spyware.

What is Spyware?

Spyware, caused by programs that infect your computer, gather information from your computer and send it to advertisers. Worse yet, key loggers use spyware to steal your passwords and other personal information.

John Pescatore, security analyst for Gartner.com, says that spyware is a bigger problem than viruses. While the damage viruses' cause is severe, spyware is more widespread and more likely to affect you and your family.

Recognizing Spyware

Do you have pop-up ads on your computer even when you're not surfing the web?

Does your homepage reset to a page you didn’t choose?

Has your Internet connection slowed down?

If you’ve noticed any of the above problems, you probably have spyware on your computer. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt your computer and advertisers are just collecting your data so they can target you for future sales. But even if this isn't dangerous, it's irritating and you never want your information being collected without your permission.

In extreme cases, key loggers can record your keyboard strokes or remote tools allow attackers to control your computer and steal your personal information. In either case, you need to protect yourself against spyware.

Best Rated Spyware

Protect Yourself with the Best Rated Software
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Testing the Best Rated Spyware

Testing to discover the best rated spyware is pretty impressive. PCMag.com actually infects computers and then tests how each spyware works at cleaning the spyware off the computers system. They also tested how easy the anti-spyware is to install and use. From these tests, the following came out as the best rated spyware.

PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2011

Pc Tools Spyware Doctor 2011 - 1 User/3 Pc [Old Version]
Pc Tools Spyware Doctor 2011 - 1 User/3 Pc [Old Version]

$24

1 user/3 PCs

Multi-layered browsing protection against web-based attacks including phishing attempts, scare tactics and silent automatic downloads

 

#1 PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2011

Tests show that Spyware Doctor outperform other standalone anti-spyware programs including Norton Internet Security 2010. This software is easy to use but some of the information it gives users is too technical. Accurate and thorough malware removal, along with its ease of use give this anti-spyware the top position for the best rated spyware removal.

#2 - Sunbelt CounterSpy 4

At approximately $30, Sunbelt CounterSpy 4 is a bit cheaper than PC Tools Spyware Doctor and gives you access to a fully functional 15-day trial. This let's you test out the anti-spyware and see if it works for your computer problems. While it gives accurate scans and is a good value for the money, the program is a bit slow and needs more RAM than Spyware Doctor.

Norton Internet Security 2011

Norton Antivirus 2011 - 1 User/3 Pc [Old Version]
Norton Antivirus 2011 - 1 User/3 Pc [Old Version]

$26

1 user/3 PCs

Safe up-to-minute protection that won't slow down your computer.

Protect against both spyware and viruses.

 

#3 - Norton Internet Security 2011

Spyware reviewers agree that performs better and catches more malware than any other product on the market, Spyware Doctor 2010 still slightly outperforms it. Norton is also more expensive than Spyware Doctor but includes other features that Spyware Doctor doesn’t have.

Norton includes antivirus protection and spam filtering, it's user-friendly, and doesn’t use up your computers' resources causing you to need more RAM. With Norton, you also get free online support.

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