Spyware: different results from different systems

  Benid 09:55 29 Aug 2005

My MSN spyware scans every Sunday night and regularly reports zero infections, whilst I manually run Skybot from time to time and discover up to 20 infections. Today I got MSN's report of zero infections and immediately ran Skybot to find 16 infections. Either Skybot is doing something MSN isn't, or maybe the infections aren't serious enought for MSN to believe they're worth worrying about. What do you tdhnk? Many thanks, Bengo

  bremner 09:59 29 Aug 2005

You say infections but what are they.

I know that Microsoft Antispyware does not report minor inconsequential cookies where as Spybot and Adaware do.

  Jackcoms 10:00 29 Aug 2005

"Either Skybot is doing something MSN isn't"


Different anti-spyware programs don't all have exactly the same spyware definitions. If you have several programs on your system you will invariably receive several different results!

  961 10:01 29 Aug 2005

That's why it's important to run more than one spyware detector. They each have a different list of suspect files and what one doesn't find another might. Remember there can also be false positives, such as backweb files used by your virus detector.

These systems need to be used with a little thought

Use MS Antispyware, Spywareblaster, Spybot search and destroy and A squared

  palinka 14:38 29 Aug 2005

it's normal; use several different detectors of "nasties" to cover all the possibles.

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