paras, both bear and acklan are correct about the programs they recommend. Ad-aware and Spybot S&D should be a part of your computers protection.You would do well to add Spywareblaster as well: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
You should also have a good anti-virus and firewall installed as well.
Add I like Download.com which is run by Cnet .
I have been using it for years .
The reason I send to people to Major Geeks over Download.com is because of the 95 items for anti spyware that Cnet lists for download, 28 of them are listed on the Spyware Warrior List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites compiled by Eric Howes. http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
That is 29.5% of the products that Download.com has to offer for download put people at a known risk. Of that 28, four have been delisted (but still remain on the list as reminders of what they were) which lowers the percentage to 25%, but I would still not trust those delisted products. Major Geeks has only three products out of 66 that fall on that list for 4.5% that are known risks.
While neither is perfect in this regards, I would rather send people where they are less likely to put the wrong garbage on their computers and end up here looking for help.
I do trust both sites to not add any surprises in their download packages, and would feel safe downloading the software at either site, I just don't like the odds that Download.com presents to unwary and uninformed people to download something they are going to regret.
Major Geeks is an Authorized Affiliate of Lavasoft, but I don't understand with these kind of percentages, why they use Download.com as their main download site. $$$ maybe?
Edit: added link to spywareblaster.
Edited by Ronbo, 13 March 2005 - 04:49 AM.
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