Since several of
the tools used in this kit are full-function demos or have other
restrictions, you will need to make some long-term choices before they
important decision is which spyware checker to use to provide long-term
active guards. I do not recommend operating without such guards, or
without the (free) Sygate firewall.
If low cost is
your only criterion, then Spybot Search & Destroy with its
excellent functionality and good guards is hard to beat. I would still
recommend that you consider donating to its creators, since this helps
them in their long terms support of the tool.
If asked which
tool I would recommend buying if you can only afford one, GIANT
AntiSpyware is my hands down recommendation. It is easy to use, has
good guards, provides a number of excellent advanced tools, and
consistently comes out on top in terms of detecting the hardest of the
purchase recommendation would probably be Sygate, although in this case
the free functionality is strong enough to protect most users. For
serious security at a reasonable price, however, the full version of
Sygate is hard to beat.