Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Free Anti-Spyware -Finding One That Works For You

Finding a best antispyware that works for you may be a little confusing. There are a few things however to look into and consider when you are researching antispyware programs. You are going to want a program that provides the protection you want, without using up an excessive amount of systems resources during scans and will provide you not only with removal but also with protection from future instances of spyware.

There are numerous free antispyware programs out there. Most of these programs are created by individual or private groups. They are not usually produced by large companies though there are some companies, which do produce free versions of their antispyware programs for personal use.

The first thing to look for when researching free programs is how often is updates being made. Spyware is an ever changing and growing list of definitions. You are going to want a program that will update with new definitions regularly. The next thing you are going to look into is the spacing between versions. Take a look at the numbers. Versions like 1.1, 1.3, and 1.5 will show that they are fixing small bugs in the program and releasing the modified programs right away. Version numbers that run like 1.1, 2.6., 3.5 are more likely so show a greater number of changes and the changes are likely to be significantly large. You will want something that is updated regularly whether it has small or large changes. This means they are actively working on the program and may respond to support questions.

Free products such as this usually do not come with support; this includes both customer and technical support. Even if you are using a product that is free but produced by a larger company, they will most likely not support the free version of the product. If it is a private individual, they may ask for a donation if you use the product and like it. There may also be programs, which do not update anything but the definitions that are necessary to keep the product up to date with current spyware. This means that any bugs that are in the program are there to stay. Fortunately, these programs are usually smaller and take up fewer resources and the bugs tend to be small and for the most part unnoticeable.

When looking for best antispyware there are a few things you are going to want to take a look at before making a decision. You are going to want to look to see if the program is still receiving updates, if so how often and are the minor or major updates. You are going to want to see what type of support if any is available. Then look at the size of the program and look at how much of your system resources will be taken up not only by the removal and testing process but also by the protection section of the program as this will normally run in the background of your computer. These are the most important things to look for in free antispyware programs.

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