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Ms Antispyware Vs. Lavasoft's Adaware 6.0


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Well I've read the threads (some most humourous :P), and seen various articles pertaining to this new 'whiz bang' (FREE :blink:) Microsoft Anti-Spyware (Beta 1)

 

So like many of you I to downloaded it, not content with the fact that MS actually gave US all something for free... I WANTED to know just how good this offering really was (looking the gift horse in the mouth so to speak :P), so I thought I'd conduct a shootout between the 'new guy' on the block, and our ever popular AdAware 6.0 (Lavasoft), and here were the interesting results ;)

 

Both the packages were run similtaneously...

 

Operating System Specifications:

Windows XP PRO (initial updates only)

Quickheal AV (24/7)

AVG AV (24/7)

AtGuard 3.2 (firewall)

 

Lavasoft's results

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MS's report card

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I'd have to say I'm most impressed with this offering from MS, it detected OS issues/threats the AdAware did not, I guess it would be sheer ignorance to assume that one single standalone package could get it right 100% of the time, hence my policy of running 2 AV's concurrently with the assistance of a firewall ;)

 

Lets hope their willingness to share doesn't develop into yet another GATES-tastrophy :P:lol:

 

Anybody else have any other comparisons/experiences they'd like to offer? <_<

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No single Spyware program has ever been able to detect anything. Adware may pick up something that Spybot didn't or vice versa. You throw in SpySweeper and it may very well do the same.

 

I agree that Microsoft's AntiSpyware program (though it really isn't theirs) is good. The company that Microsoft bought out did an excellent job. However, I will not use Microsoft's product at my home.

 

Much of my reasoning for not using the MS product is conspiracy theory and an issue of trust. I'll freely admit that.

 

It would be interesting to see what exactly the MS product picked up on your computer. Was it actually spyware, or a false positive?

 

Running the program at work, it detected iMesh adware in the Oracle documentation folder of my computer. Sorry to say, there is no adware there.

 

Though, I will say with Microsoft's knowledge of the Operating system, why wouldn't they be able to produce a better product? They should know what is suppose to be there anyway. To take it a step further, rather than building a program that scans for it, why don't they just stop it from entering the OS in the first place? o.O

 

While the scanner is nice, I've found the "real time" monitor to be utterly useless. Realtime implies to me that it is going to see (and alert me) to any spyware being installed. Yet it manages to find more on the next scan. How is that?

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I like MS Anti-Spyware. I have been using spybot and adaware(se) for some time now and appreciate them all. Any tool that makes my job eaiser is great.

 

I never really have bad spyware, myself. My clients and friends are a little different.. Ive seen some pretty ugly stuff bogging down there systems,

500+ found in Spybot, its because they dl porn and "free" junk for months without even checking for spy/malware.. its funny, but when you have to fix it, sometimes its not.

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I'd have to agree D3', that with MS's knowledge of their own OS, they should be able to determine (better than anyone :P), what is SUPPOSED to be there, and what is not... :D

 

As for creation of an impenetrable OS (GUI) I feel that, while there are clever software engineers... there will always be private citizens & criminals (IT geniuses) that will aspire to take up the 'challenge' to crack any OS defences... thus 100% safe would not be viable for MS considering developement time (thus all the patches :P) and product marketing pressures/demands... though it would be nice ;)

 

Hmmm... Spysweeper??? can't say I've come across that one yet <_<

 

Here are those examples NOT detected by AdAware 6.0...

 

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Though, t'would be fair to say that if you don't use M$ products, these specific malware items would NOT be an issue! :P

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that's pretty funny. and i agree with D3, too. One spyware program has never been a full-service solution. And while the M$ proggy is a beta, it will eventually cost money. I have been consistently trying to move away from M$ products, and I'm pretty certain that the spybot/ad-aware and hijackthis combo is pretty effective combined with not using IE.

 

In this case, the best defense is a good offense, and that means not using programs that have numerous security issues, ahem, microsoft, ahem.

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in defense of adaware you aren't running the most recent version of the software.

 

however there was a guy over at dslr that did very extensive test with many anti-malware programs. like everyone said no program is a one stop shop. the giant program was consistently finding the most threats. At the time it wasn't free, ms bought them out and now offers the program for free with their name on it. i doubt little else has changed in the product, for now.

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Only using one spyware cleaning program is absolute ignorance. I have seen clients that have told me that they don't know why they have spyware because they have an AV program haha oh well their stupidity fills my pockets lol. I use an entire 700mb CD-RW completely full of utility programs, spyware cleaners, etc. at work for client PC's. At the least I use 3 different spyware cleaner's on every client's PC. MS Anti-Spyware seems to catch the most, but there are still things it doesn't catch that Ad-Aware SE, Spybot, etc. do catch.

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No single Spyware program has ever been able to detect anything. Adware may pick up something that Spybot didn't or vice versa. You throw in SpySweeper and it may very well do the same.

 

I agree that Microsoft's AntiSpyware program (though it really isn't theirs) is good. The company that Microsoft bought out did an excellent job. However, I will not use Microsoft's product at my home.

 

Much of my reasoning for not using the MS product is conspiracy theory and an issue of trust. I'll freely admit that.

 

It would be interesting to see what exactly the MS product picked up on your computer. Was it actually spyware, or a false positive?

 

Running the program at work, it detected iMesh adware in the Oracle documentation folder of my computer. Sorry to say, there is no adware there.

 

Though, I will say with Microsoft's knowledge of the Operating system, why wouldn't they be able to produce a better product? They should know what is suppose to be there anyway. To take it a step further, rather than building a program that scans for it, why don't they just stop it from entering the OS in the first place? o.O

 

While the scanner is nice, I've found the "real time" monitor to be utterly useless. Realtime implies to me that it is going to see (and alert me) to any spyware being installed. Yet it manages to find more on the next scan. How is that?

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