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Posted 07 June 2005 - 08:13 AM
Posted 11 June 2005 - 02:40 AM
Edited by busam1, 11 June 2005 - 02:42 AM.
Posted 11 June 2005 - 02:51 AM
I did a test install of XoftSpy downloaded from paretologic.com. Here's what I can tell you:
1. The interface is garbage, broken. On my box (Win2K w/SP4, IE6 w/SP1, Office 2K) the main program window and all dialog boxes were mangled, bleeding into surrounding screen elements (see "Main Window" above). Looks like a cheap "rent-a-coder" job -- not very well done.
2. The system scan flagged three items: 2 for CoolWebSearch, one for MSConnect. All were Registry keys and all were false positives. The MSConnect false positive was particularly hilarious as it flagged a Netscape Reg key for Sun Java 1.4.2_04. (See "Scan Results" above.)
3. When I attempted to remove/clean the flagged items, I got a notice box informing me that I had to register and pay (see "Register Notice" above).
I should note I performed this scan with the latest updates available (an "Update" check reported that there were no new updates available).
In short, based on my brief experience with this application, I'd give the same advice that I gave in the SpywareInfo thread: stay away, esp. given that there are excellent, free anti-spyware tools with a proven track record and a deserved reputation for doing the job right.
The performance of XoftSpy, I might add, is completely consistent with other dicey/questionable anti-spyware apps that I've tested: false positives used to goad unsuspecting users into paying for protection they don't need (at least not from said application).
Eric L. Howes
Edited by tg1911, 11 June 2005 - 03:02 AM.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:32 AM
Edited by busam1, 16 June 2005 - 12:47 AM.
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