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1-2-3 Spyware Free

Yet another contender in the fight against spyware, I have not tried it yet but will be keeping an eye on it to see if it is a capable solution.

http://www.smartpcto...om/antispyware/

User reports on 1-2-3 Spyware Free:

Ryan said:
The interface is quite childish looking with large "googly" buttons that could only appeal to a three year old. Do three year olds know how to use spyware programs? The answer is most likely not. I'm sure the whole gimmick is to make the interface bolster the programs "ease-of-use" image, but all it does is turn away many of its adult/teenage demographic which are most likely looking for a professional looking program. I'd pick the spybot default skin over this.

This program has a "poopy" interface.

Your friend,

Ryan

JMac said:
i scanned my computer with it and heres its results.

1-2-3 Spyware Free report

31/12/2005 01:25:42

Search results:

SPYBOTSD.EXE (SPYWARE) - 12 entries

Verdict for 1-2-3 Spyware Free: Blacklisted - Avoid the program due to false positives, a poor interface and suspicious items.

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Spyware Doctor

http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/

Description: Spyware Doctor provides three-way spyware protection for your PC through real-time threat blocking, advanced system scanning and immunization against known browser infections. This is one of the many reasons why the award-winning Spyware Doctor has been chosen by millions of users to protect their PCs against spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, spybots and other tracking threats.

Verdict for Spyware Doctor: Blacklisted - Returns numerous false positives, wants you to purchase the product to remove any infected items found.

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Foxie

http://www.getfoxie.com/

Description: Now you can surf the web with ease and comfort. Foxie (fox + ie; pronounced /Foxy/) is a collection of free security, privacy and productivity tools developed by the Foxie Team. It was originally designed to bridge the gap between Internet Explorer and Mozilla FireFox (an open source web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation) but soon grew in scope and size to offer additional unique features not found on any stand alone browser.

Foxie empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser by blending tabbed browsing, ads & pop-up blocking, Malware cleansing and privacy & security protection with our smart search capabilities to enhance your browsing experience. Foxie is not a web browser and fits seamlessly into your IE browser.

Verdict for Foxie: Blacklisted - Comes with a so-called "Security Firewall" which really is an Internet worm that downloads malware. As the first sign of infection, you will get popups with Firefox and IE browsers. They will display "Advertisment - NSIS Media" by launching from Windows Explorer. The worm is a modified version of W32.Elitper.a@mm.

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nLite

http://www.nliteos.com/

Description: nLite is a tool for permanent Windows components removal and pre-installation Windows setup. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines. With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install doesn't include, or even contain on cd, unwanted components.

Verdict for nLite: Blacklisted - Wreaklessly strips out services and other required files; causing numerous issues with every release. This program will also modify files on your hard drive. It has been reported by numerous users that nLite "modifies every Windows installation file, even if you didn't modify anything related to that file. It will add "nLite" to the bottom of the file."

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Advanced WindowsCare

http://www.iobit.com/AdvancedWindowsCarePersonal/index.html

Description: Advanced WindowsCare v2 Personal is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes an one-click approach to help protect, repair and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. This fantastic program is available free of charge. Best Choice for Computer Novices, Windows Beginners or Lazy IT Experts!

Verdict for Advanced WindowsCare: Blacklisted - Disables important services such as Error Reporting and many other required services that should not be disabled. It offers these as speed and performance "tweaks" when it in facts causes performance issues. The Event Viewer will have errors reported in the System log from the needed services being disabled. The registry cleaner can also break a perfectly functional Windows system.

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http://www.pctools.com/registry-mechanic/

It caused lots of damage on my PC, all registry cleaners have mega potential to do lost of harm, but this one actually did it.

http://www.f-secure.co.uk/

Believe it or not, but when I uninstalled this from my system ages ago (could have changed) after its Parental Control went mad, it screwed up my PC so much, I needed to re-format.

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Spyware Doctor

http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/

Description: Spyware Doctor provides three-way spyware protection for your PC through real-time threat blocking, advanced system scanning and immunization against known browser infections. This is one of the many reasons why the award-winning Spyware Doctor has been chosen by millions of users to protect their PCs against spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, spybots and other tracking threats.

Verdict for Spyware Doctor: Blacklisted - Returns numerous false positives, wants you to purchase the product to remove any infected items found.

I agree PC Tools Spyware Doctor slows down your system, is bloatware and ineffective crap. Love this Site. Tell it like it is, if millions are using it , or should we say conned or duped into buying it, as the ads for this crap are everywhere. They must pay big kick-backs to websites that push Spyware Doctor crap.

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nLite

http://www.nliteos.com/

Description: nLite is a tool for permanent Windows components removal and pre-installation Windows setup. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines. With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install doesn't include, or even contain on cd, unwanted components.

Verdict for nLite: Blacklisted - Wreaklessly strips out services and other required files; causing numerous issues with every release. This program will also modify files on your hard drive. It has been reported by numerous users that nLite "modifies every Windows installation file, even if you didn't modify anything related to that file. It will add "nLite" to the bottom of the file."

I've used nLite for years. It's a reputable program, and very useful. It doesn't do anything that the User (i.e. YOU) does not want it to do. You pick what XP features you want, and exclude those you don't. Such as the stupid "OOBE (Out of Box Experience)" you have to sit through everytime you reinstall. There are many, many other useless features that can be removed/turned off etc...

So if a person doesn't like what nLite has "done" to their system, they have no one but themselves to blame, as nLite only does what you tell it to do. nLite is also very well supported; it's creator is a constant presence of the nLite forum and has personally answered at least one of my questions on that forum.

nLite has another useful feature for "slipstreaming" Service Packs. For example, if your original disk was an XP SP1, you can slipstream the standalone version of SP3 into a custom-created installation CD and save yourself the time of downloading and installing (and rebooting) SP3 after the New Install. You can also slipstream drivers into the installation disk, so if your hardware does not have drivers included in the standard XP Drivers, you can import them into the installation disk so that you do not have to "Press F6" during the installation process, and then use (only) a 3 1/2 floppy disk to import the drivers (no other media will work, which is highly annoying).

I'm sure there are other positives to mention, I'm just a User and have no particular expertise. It's just a useful tool for people that mess with computers on a regular basis.

Frankly I'm surprised that a forum that is associated with such a great tool such as dial-a-fix and the really informative lunarsoft wiki on XP Installation disks is not an enthusiastic supporter of nLite, much less having it "blacklisted". I was so surprised I had to look around to see if this forum as an alternative definition for the word "blacklisted", perhaps it means that it's really good. But no, it seems blacklisted means bad, and I find that really surprising. Perhaps nLite should be looked at a second time, or failing that, an alternative that performs the same functions in a better manner be recommended.

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