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Sentry Remote

The Sentry parental-control app offers practical tools for monitoring computer usage -- but it can be aggressive.

The 10 biggest Web annoyances

In its relatively short life, the World Wide Web has already made many of our most mundane, tedious tasks quicker and easier to perform. But there are still a surprising number of activities -- from helping us buy concert tickets to protecting our pr...

Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5

Since Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0 Beta emerged, we placed it as our Best Buy. Things have changed for the worse with Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.5.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2007 Plus

Lavasoft's Ad-Aware 2007 Plus is the paid version of the popular scanner Lavasoft Ad-Aware 2007 Free. Despite Ad-Aware 2007 Plus's name, Lavasoft says that the program combats spyware as well as adware. For the $40.50 price, you get automatic updates...

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Grisoft, well known for the AVG Anti-Virus software, purchased Ewido Networks in 2006 and reworked its anti-spyware technology into Grisoft AVG Antispyware 7.5. The sleek-looking program recognised, on average, the largest percentage of threats. Unfo...

Antispyware app loses competitive edge

Safer Networking's Spybot Search & Destroy aims to provide free real-time protection against spyware. However, its version number hasn't changed since we reviewed the product a year ago; and based on recent tests, the program no longer provides good ...

Security program falls short in real-time protecton

Grisoft, well known for its AVG Anti-Virus software launched its antispyware software in June 2006 under the name of Ewido. Grisoft got the technology from Ewido Networks, which it had purchased two months earlier. Now named AVG Anti-Spyware, the sl...

Spyware app gives lackluster performance

Lavasoft's Ad-Aware 2007 Plus is the paid version of the popular scanner Ad-Adware 2007 Free. For the US$27 price, you get automatic signature updates, scheduled scans, and real-time protection features not included in the free product. But despite i...

Windows Defender fails to protect from spyware

Microsoft's free Windows Defender ships standard with Windows Vista and is available as a free download for Windows XP SP2. If it had presented itself as an anti-adware program, we'd be less hard on it, but Defender's Web site asserts that the softwa...

Norton AntiVirus 2007

Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2007 is in the upper echelon when it comes to anti-virus software. It sports an attractive and easy-to-use interface and scored an overall virus detection rate of 96 percent in our tests

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