Best Anti Spam Software, Anti Spyware Programs, and Anti Virus Software Identified by Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports has released their recommendations for the best anti spam software, the best anti spyware remover, and the best anti virus software.

With respect to Consumer Reports’ best anti spam software recommendation, they recommend Allume’s Spamcatcher. According to CR, Spamcatcher “beat others at detecting and blocking spam,” and “is an excellent performer and has lots of cool features.” At only $27.00, that’s a pretty cool deal, too. Unfortunately, the only review on the Amazon site gives it just a one star, but one can assume that is because the single reviewer had issues installing it, which presumably Consumer Reports did not. That said, all other reviews we found online were postive, and in line with Consumer Reports’


You can get Allume Spamcatcher at Amazon for only $26.99, with no tax and free shipping.

Moving on to anti spyware programs, CR recommmends Webroot’s Spy Sweeper. Spy Sweeper, says Consumer Reports, does “a great job at detecting spyware” and is “easy to use.” You can get Webroot Spy Sweeper from Amazon for $24.99.

Finally, there was a tie for the best anti virus software. According to Consumer Reports, both BitDefender ($33.99 from Amazon) and ZoneAlarm ($22.99 from Amazon) are excellent, and both “even recognized new viruses we created just for our tests.”

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You can buy both Bitdefender and ZoneAlarm from Amazon as well, and each qualifies for free shipping.

All of this information came from the January 2007 issue of Consumer Reports’ new magazine, ShopSmart, and is geared towards Windows users. CR also recommends that if you have a Mac, you pick up a copy of Norton AntiVirus for Mac.

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6 thoughts on “Best Anti Spam Software, Anti Spyware Programs, and Anti Virus Software Identified by Consumer Reports

  1. Do not try in anyway SpyZooka, as after it scans, there is no way that the user can remove what has been detected. Even after countless days of customer support assistance.

  2. I have installed SPAMCATCHER times as a getway solution, unfortunately I ended in many RBLs because it opened an open relay as a method for relaying my email.

  3. Before you dare purchase or install Webroot Spy Sweeper, read the following unbiased consumer experiences with the product:

    I purchased it over a year ago and have suffered through many versions. I will not renew. Webroot continues to pimp ($$$) Spy Sweeper all over the net. Beware. CilyPudi said better to just pour glue into your registry. Read the link.

  4. I wonder why I never hear about one of the best anti-spyware programs I have ever found. It is called BOClean4.22 by www.nsclean.com I have used this program in conjunction with my other anti-virus program since 1999 and found it to be extraordinary. I have received coverage against a total of 20410 UNIQUE infectors (234,254 variants of these including trojans, worms, bots, hijackers, downloaders, spam proxies, rootkits, adware, spyware, keyloggers, “dialers” and other malware in total) covered by BOClean 4.22. If your interested in protection, you should give this program a try. I am a user and I am not paid in any way for this commentary.

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