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#1 JerryL

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 01:54 PM

I just went to download the latest CWShredder and found that CW is now owned by InterMute.com. They offer CWShredder solo or packaged in their retail product SpySubtract. Does anyone have any experience with or opinions of SpySubtract? Does it work as advertised? Worth the bux? I have read of other so called "removal / blocker" tools that turn out to be spyware themselves so I am inclined to ask here about SpySubtract before going any further with it.

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 06:38 PM

JerryL,
Isn't it logical that SpySubstract is spyware-free, like any other software of Intermute.
They own CWShredder now, why would they risk their reputation ?
SpySubstract has a 30-days trial version, try it BEFORE you run the rest of your AntiSpywares, like MS AntiSpyware Beta1, Spybot SD, Ad-Aware, ... don't remove the spyware, but run the other AntiSpywares and see what happens.

Watch also the frequency of updates of SpySubstract during the trial period.
Maybe Webroot's Spy Sweeper is a better buy.

I wouldn't buy it, because it's AntiSpyware, maybe the combination "MS AntiSpyware" + Spybot + AdAware is better than SpySubstract.

Watch your post at least one week, you might get replies from members, who actually use SpySubstract.

Edited by ErikAlbert, 17 February 2005 - 06:59 PM.

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#3 JerryL

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 10:25 AM

"Isn't it logical that SpySubstract is spyware-free, like any other software of Intermute."

I don't know a thing about Intermute. That's why the question. I do know that in the past when I was going thru a browser hijack incident, I read somewhere that several of the so-called retail spyware removal tools were reported to be spyware themselves. I guess they weren't too worried about their reputations.

So the question still stands: What about Intermute? Can SpySubtract be trusted?

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 10:34 AM

See the pinned topic Rogue Spyware Removers for a list and discussion of the bad ones.

The actual list is here: http://www.spywarewa...nti-spyware.htm
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#5 Swandog46

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Posted 18 February 2005 - 03:29 PM

I have no personal experience with SpySubtract, but I do think that Intermute is very highly regarded. Their revisions to Merijn's CWShredder have been very successful and I have been impressed with how receptive they are to users' suggestions and concerns. Hope this helps :)

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Posted 19 February 2005 - 08:52 PM

OK. Next time I will act like a lawyer :
- exhibit #1, exhibit #2, ...
- eyewitness #|, eyewitness #2, ...
to prove SpySubstract is spyware-free. :)
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:54 AM

JerryL: Does it work as advertised?

Latest Anti-Spyware Effectiveness Results
http://windowssecret.../050127/#story1

Giant (Microsoft) AntiSpyware 63%
Webroot Spy Sweeper 48%
Ad-Aware SE Personal 47%
Pest Patrol 41%
SpywareStormer 35%
Intermute SpySubtract Pro 34%
PC Tools Spyware Doctor 33%
Spybot Search & Destroy 33%
McAfee AntiSpyware 33%
Xblock X-Cleaner Deluxe 31%
XoftSpy 27%
NoAdware 24%
Aluria Spyware Eliminator 23%
OmniQuad AntiSpy 16%
Spyware COP 15%
SpyHunter 15%
SpyKiller 2005 15%
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:38 AM

Do all of those numbers seem downright abysmal to anyone else?

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 11:58 AM

No. Malware mutates quickly and new infections come every day. IMHO catching that many percent is a good thing, and we should think the companies for that. Also, the spyware that the programs do find are the popular spyware that most people have.

Just my two cents, Matt ;)
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 12:07 PM

What I don't understand in this list are the rogue softwares.
Why wasting your time on testing rogue softwares ?

A few examples, verified on this link :
http://www.spywarewa...nti-spyware.htm
Spyware Stormer (rogue software)
Spyware COP (rogue software
SpyHunter (rogue software)
SpyKiller 2005 (rogue software)
Pffffff

Edited by ErikAlbert, 21 February 2005 - 12:10 PM.

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 05:16 PM

Matt, my intention was not to insult antispyware vendors, I realize now that it didn't come off as such. "Abysmal" was probably the wrong word to use.

I was just saying that I assumed the numbers would be up near 90%, or at the very least >50%. Maybe I'm just naive ...

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 06:11 PM

cheglabratjoe,
No need to excuse.
You probably can use the word "Abysmal" in the future, when the number of malwares is too big to handle.
Keep an eye on the updatings of Spy Sweeper (60,000+) and anti-trojan A2 (90,000+).
Both have soon a signature database of 150,000+ and a longer scanner time of course and that number will increase constantly until ... (we talk about that later :D )
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