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.
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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.”
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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