The Spyware Warrior Guide to

Anti-Spyware Testing:
Results # 1

by Eric L. Howes

Oct. 2-4, 2004
 

On this page... Anti-Spyware Test by Eric L. Howes

Note: please read the Test Guide page for important information about these tests.
And see the Critical Detections page for information on the detections used below.

Scan Results (1)
Detection Ad-aware Spy Sweep Spybot S&D Aluria SE McAfee AS Pest Patrol SpySubtract Giant AS SW Doctor X-Cleaner
411 Ferret/ActiveSearch
411F-01 --- --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
411F-02 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
411F-03 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
411F-04 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
411F-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
411F-06 X --- --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
411F-07 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
                     
AdRoar
ADR-01 X X X X --- X X X X ---
ADR-02 X X X X --- X X --- X ---
ADR-03 X X X X --- X X --- X ---
ADR-04 X X X X --- X X X X ---
ADR-05 X X X X --- X --- X X ---
ADR-06 X X --- --- --- X --- --- X ---
ADR-07 X X X X --- X X X X X
ADR-08 X X X X --- X X X X X
                     
Altnet/BDE
ALTN-01 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-02 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-03 --- X --- --- X X X X --- ---
ALTN-04 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-05 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-06 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-07 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-08 --- X --- X X X X X X ---
ALTN-09 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-10 --- X --- X X X X X --- ---
ALTN-11 --- X --- X --- X X X --- ---
ALTN-12 --- X --- --- --- X X X X ---
ALTN-13 --- X --- X --- X X X --- ---
                     
BroadcastPC (BTV/BREG)
BTV-01 X X --- X --- X X X --- X
BTV-02 X X --- X --- X X X --- X
BTV-03 X --- --- X --- X --- X X ---
BTV-04 X X --- X --- X X X --- X
BTV-05 X X --- X --- X --- X --- X
BTV-06 X X --- X --- X --- X X X
                     
Cydoor
CYDR-01 X X --- X --- X X X X X
                     
Flashtrack/Flashenhancer (XCPY/XCLEAN/XML)
FLTR-01 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X X
FLTR-02 X --- --- --- --- X X X --- ---
FLTR-03 X --- --- --- --- X X X --- ---
FLTR-04 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X X
FLTR-05 --- --- --- --- --- X X --- X ---
FLTR-06 X --- --- --- --- --- X X --- ---
FLTR-07 X --- --- --- --- --- X X X ---
FLTR-08 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
FLTR-09 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
FLTR-10 X -- -- -- -- --- --- X X ---
                     
Gator/GAIN/Claria
GATR-01 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-02 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-03 X X X X X X X X X X
GATR-04 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-05 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-06 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-07 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-08 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-09 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-10 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-11 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-12 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-13 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-14 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-15 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-16 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-17 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-18 X X X --- X X X X --- X
GATR-19 --- X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-20 X X X --- X X X X X X
GATR-21 X X X --- X X X X --- ---
GATR-22 X X --- X --- X X X --- ---
                     
MyWay/MyBar
MYWY-01 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-02 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X --- X
MYWY-03 --- --- X --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-04 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-05 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-06 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-07 --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- X X
MYWY-08 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-09 --- --- --- --- X --- --- X X X
MYWY-10 --- --- -- --- X --- --- X X X
                     
SearchLocate/SideBar
SLOC-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
SLOC-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-05 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-06 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-07 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
SLOC-08 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
                     
Topsearch
TOPS-01 --- X --- X --- X X X X ---
                     
TVMedia
TVM-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- X
TVM-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
TVM-03 X --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
TVM-04 X --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
TVM-05 X --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
TVM-06 X --- --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
TVM-07 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- X ---
TVM-08 X --- --- --- --- --- --- X X ---
TVM-09 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
TVM-10 X --- --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
                     
VX2/ABetterInternet (BELT/BI)
VX2A-01 X X X X X X X X --- X
VX2A-02 X X --- X X X X X X ---
VX2A-03 X X --- --- X X X X X X
VX2A-04 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2A-05 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2A-06 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2A-07 X X X X X X X X X X
VX2A-08 X X --- X --- X X X --- ---
VX2A-09 X X --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
VX2A-10 X --- X X --- X --- X X X
                     
Web_CPR/TopMoxie
WCPR-01 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
WCPR-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
WCPR-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
WCPR-04 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
WebRebates/TopRebates
WEBR-01 X X X X X X X X X ---
WEBR-02 X X X X X X X X X ---
WEBR-03 X X --- --- X X X X X ---
WEBR-04 X X X X X X X X X ---
WEBR-05 X X X X X X X X X X
WEBR-06 X X --- X X --- X X X ---
                     
Browser Hijack
BHIJ-01 X X --- --- X X --- X --- ---
BHIJ-02 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-03 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-04 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-05 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-06 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-07 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
BHIJ-08 X X --- --- --- X --- X --- ---
BHIJ-09 X X --- --- --- --- --- X --- ---
BHIJ-10 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
Misc/Unknown
MISC-01 --- --- --- --- --- X --- --- --- ---
MISC-02 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
MISC-03 --- --- --- --- --- --- X X --- X
MISC-04 --- --- --- --- --- X X X X ---
MISC-05 X --- --- --- --- X X --- --- ---
MISC-06 X X X X --- X X --- X ---
MISC-07 X --- --- --- X --- X --- X ---
MISC-08 X --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                     
Summ.
False pos. 0 0 0 3 13 * 10 0 0 0  1
Total (of 134) 82/134 74/134 40/134 42/134 56/134 86/134 72/134 100/134 74/134 50/134
Detection Ad-aware Spy Sweep Spybot S&D Aluria SE McAfee AS Pest Patrol SpySubtract Giant AS SW Doctor X-Cleaner
* Note: this page originally reported that McAfee AntiSpyware generated 2 false positives. 
   A review of the reported detections revealed that count to be understated.
Key:
 
Symbol Means...
BLUE File
RED Executable file in memory
GREEN Registry key/value
X detected & removed
--- not detected & removed

 Note: for detailed information on each detection, see the Critical Detections page.
  

Application information:
 
Application Version Defs Home page
Lavasoft Ad-aware SE Personal 1.05 Sep 28 Link
Webroot Spy Sweeper 3.2 Sep 16 Link
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3.1 tx Sep 30 Link
Aluria Spyware Eliminator 3.0.32 Oct 1 Link
McAfee AntiSpyware 1.00.1126 Oct 1 Link
Pest Patrol  4.4.3.24 Sep 29 Link
Intermute SpySubtract Pro 2.51 Sep 21 Link
GIANT AntiSpyware 1.0.266 Oct 3 Link
PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2.1.0.254 Sep 30 Link
Xblock.com X-Cleaner Deluxe 4.0.0.249 Sep 20 Link

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