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Best Antispyware Software - 5 Things to Look for When Comparison Shopping

Aug 11, 2008
If you are looking for the best antispyware software, the task of comparing so many different options and features can be quite daunting. You definitely want to be sure you have done your homework and are picking the best option, however how do you really know whether you will have made a sound decision?

Fortunately, there are some key distinctions to look for that will help you greatly when shopping for the best antispyware software.

Here are 5 things to look for when doing comparison shopping:

1. Free vs. Paid - there really should be no debate here. Free antispyware tools are simply not as effective as those that you might have to pay $30 or so dollars for. The main difference is the method of scanning and detection - paid tools use a spyware database and free tools do not. Basically, scanning your files and registry against known spyware in a database is a much more proven and effective method vs. just simply looking for strange files that may or may not be spyware, which is what free tools do.

2. Real time protection - make sure that any antispyware tool that you are looking at is capable of real time protection, meaning the application is always running on your computer and is constantly scanning files and websites that you access in order to be proactive and stop an infection before it happens.

3. Automatic updates - make sure that you can download updates for free from the software vendor and that they are easily installed and updated within the software you choose.

4. Backup/Restore - this is very important because if by chance the software does inadvertently remove a legitimate file, you'll need to be able to get that file back so the ability to perform a backup before scanning and having the capability to restore any files if needed after a scan becomes a must have feature in any antispyware software.

5. Reputation - this is something that my often be overlooked when comparison shopping but you'll also want to look for antispyware software that is established and that also has a solid reputation within the industry. This means you should look for recognition either in the form of testimonials or even perhaps awards that the software and/or vendor have won as many different technology publications release a best of list each year.

While there definitely is a large number of choices available when it comes to shopping for the best antispyware software, if you follow the above guidelines you'll stand a very good chance of making the right choice and going with software that is proven, effective and reliable.
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