Resources and Tips

Anti-spyware and anti-virus programs

Trusted programs

There are many reputed, legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus programs available for you to choose from. Many high-quality programs are available for free, trial basis or paid. When choosing a program, you should only consider programs with a proven track record, and a strong reputation. Always be aware of anti-spyware programs that are heavily and aggressively advertised online – these are often suspect programs that come bundled with their own adware or malware.

ZEDO recommends these quality products:

Suspect Programs

If there are several choices of high-quality, well-known anti-spyware products for you to choose from, there are thousands of unknown, poor-quality adware packages that look and act like anti-spyware software. Suspicious antispyware programs are known to use inadequate detection techniques, false positives to coerce users to pay for upgrades, provide insufficient information about the company, contain unacceptable End User License Agreement (EULA) terms. These suspicious programs are also often distributed maliciously through aggressive, confusing advertising, spam emails, and sometimes installed directly in free software, adware, often without user knowledge or consent.

ZEDO is not a software review company and does not conduct major software reviews of any sort. The following products are known to be suspicious and are rampantly reported to cause user problems:

  • PSGuard
  • RazeSpy
  • WinSpyControl
  • SpySheriff
  • Internet Browsing
How to protect your computer against spyware

The best defense for your computer against spyware and other malicious software is your own vigilance.

Install and Run Security Software

  • Install and run the appropriate security for your computer, including antispyware and antivirus software, and a personal firewall. If you have children in your household, use parental control software to block inappropriate downloads.
  • Set your antispyware and antivirus software to automatically update so that the software recognizes new threats.
  • Before purchasing security software, check to see if your computer manufacturer has already provided this software. If not, check with your Internet service provider to determine if these programs are provided with your Internet service.

Maintain Your Computer

  • Regularly check for security updates for your operating system and other software; download and install patches immediately. Set your software to automatically install updates.
  • Run a full spyware and virus scan of your computer whenever you suspect that you might be infected with spyware and never less than once per week. Symptoms of spyware infections include: unexpected popups, a home page change, random error messages, and slower computer performance.
  • Adjust the security and privacy settings on your Internet browser and operating system to control what software is installed on your computer.

Be Cautious When You Are Online

  • When surfing the Internet, only visit web sites that you are familiar with and trust.
  • Carefully read any operating system or Internet browser warnings. To close a window or dialog box, consider the options provided by your operating system or Web browser, such as closing the window with the “x” mark in the upper corner.
  • Be wary of “free” software; it could include extra software you may not want. Be especially cautious with free filesharing programs, screensavers, wallpaper, and smileys because these almost always come with extra software. If you’re not sure about a program, enter the name of the software into a search engine to see what others say about it.
  • Always read the licensing agreements and privacy statements for any software. Many of the potentially unwanted behaviors are only revealed in the “fine print.”
  • Pay close attention to the information that appears on your screen when you are installing software. The installation program may use vague or confusing language to trick you into saying “yes” when you want to say “no.”

Information courtesy: CDT